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April 12, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Soviet Union has decided to supply Syria with at least 10 sophisticated Sukhoi jet attack aircraft as part of a deal aimed at enhancing Moscow's military posture in the region, an Arabic-language magazine reported Tuesday. The magazine Al Osbou al Arabi, published in Paris and widely distributed in the Middle East, said the Syrian pilots have been training in the Soviet Union since 1988 in the use of the new SU-24 bombers. In Washington, a State Department official said the United States has no proof that a Soviet-Syria deal has been completed, although the two countries are known to have been discussing a possible SU-24 sale.
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August 18, 1991 | Reuters
President Hafez Assad and a personal envoy of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev held talks Saturday on efforts to convene a Middle East peace conference. Officials said Foreign Minister Farouk Shareh was present at the meeting between Assad and Karen Brutents, who was carrying a message from Gorbachev. Vasily Kolotusha, head of the Soviet Foreign Ministry's Middle East and North Africa department, also attended. Brutents had met Shareh on Friday to discuss developments in the U.S.
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August 18, 1991 | Reuters
President Hafez Assad and a personal envoy of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev held talks Saturday on efforts to convene a Middle East peace conference. Officials said Foreign Minister Farouk Shareh was present at the meeting between Assad and Karen Brutents, who was carrying a message from Gorbachev. Vasily Kolotusha, head of the Soviet Foreign Ministry's Middle East and North Africa department, also attended. Brutents had met Shareh on Friday to discuss developments in the U.S.
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May 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Soviet Foreign Minister Alexander A. Bessmertnykh met with Syrian President Hafez Assad on the first stop of his Mideast tour and said that achieving peace requires Palestine Liberation Organization input. A Syrian spokesman said they discussed "ideas raised for starting a peace process that would lead to achievement of just and comprehensive peace." Meanwhile, Israel's opposition Labor Party pressed Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to enter peace talks.
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August 7, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A Soviet diplomat on Sunday said Moscow has joined in the flurry of diplomatic maneuvering to try to free Western hostages held by Shiite extremists who continue to insist that Israel release a Muslim cleric it seized. The Soviet ambassador in Beirut, Vasily I. Kolotusha, said in a statement issued Sunday that "efforts to settle the hostage issue have been essentially pushed forward."
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May 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Soviet Foreign Minister Alexander A. Bessmertnykh met with Syrian President Hafez Assad on the first stop of his Mideast tour and said that achieving peace requires Palestine Liberation Organization input. A Syrian spokesman said they discussed "ideas raised for starting a peace process that would lead to achievement of just and comprehensive peace." Meanwhile, Israel's opposition Labor Party pressed Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to enter peace talks.
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April 24, 1987 | From Reuters
Syrian President Hafez Assad arrived in Moscow Thursday on a visit expected to be dominated by the thorny problem of Palestinian unity and the conflict in Lebanon. He was greeted at the airport by President Andrei A. Gromyko, Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze, Defense Minister Sergei L. Sokolov and senior Kremlin foreign policy adviser Anatoly F. Dobrynin, Tass news agency said. Assad, on his first visit to Moscow since July, 1985, plans to hold talks with Soviet leader Mikhail S.
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February 14, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what the Soviet Union called an "encouraging sign," Iraq will send its foreign minister to Moscow this weekend for talks with President Mikhail S. Gorbachev on ending the war in the Persian Gulf, Kremlin officials announced Wednesday. Although careful in his optimism, special Soviet envoy Yevgeny M. Primakov said on his return from Iraq that he sees "glimmers of hope" for an end to the Gulf conflict after meeting with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.
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July 6, 1989 | MICHAEL PARKS and RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writers
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, expressing concern about the political crisis in Poland, said here Wednesday that the Soviet Union is ready to open a dialogue with the Solidarity movement and its leader, Lech Walesa.
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May 22, 1988
The Soviet Union is poised to turn its naval repair facility in Syria into a permanent base in a move cementing the military alliance between the two nations, Jane's Defense Weekly says. The expanded base at Tartus would serve as home for the Soviets' Mediterranean fleet, the noted British publication said, basing its report on diplomatic sources whom it did not identify.
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February 14, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what the Soviet Union called an "encouraging sign," Iraq will send its foreign minister to Moscow this weekend for talks with President Mikhail S. Gorbachev on ending the war in the Persian Gulf, Kremlin officials announced Wednesday. Although careful in his optimism, special Soviet envoy Yevgeny M. Primakov said on his return from Iraq that he sees "glimmers of hope" for an end to the Gulf conflict after meeting with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.
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February 9, 1991 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY and MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Allied warplanes screamed across blinding-blue desert skies to blitz Iraqi troops in the trenches and bunkers of Kuwait and southern Iraq on Friday, and a Saudi commander said the Iraqis have organized "execution battalions" to shoot any of their soldiers who might try to flee. The allies focused their bombing extra tightly on the Kuwaiti theater of operations as Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited U.S.
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August 7, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A Soviet diplomat on Sunday said Moscow has joined in the flurry of diplomatic maneuvering to try to free Western hostages held by Shiite extremists who continue to insist that Israel release a Muslim cleric it seized. The Soviet ambassador in Beirut, Vasily I. Kolotusha, said in a statement issued Sunday that "efforts to settle the hostage issue have been essentially pushed forward."
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July 6, 1989 | MICHAEL PARKS and RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writers
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, expressing concern about the political crisis in Poland, said here Wednesday that the Soviet Union is ready to open a dialogue with the Solidarity movement and its leader, Lech Walesa.
NEWS
April 12, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Soviet Union has decided to supply Syria with at least 10 sophisticated Sukhoi jet attack aircraft as part of a deal aimed at enhancing Moscow's military posture in the region, an Arabic-language magazine reported Tuesday. The magazine Al Osbou al Arabi, published in Paris and widely distributed in the Middle East, said the Syrian pilots have been training in the Soviet Union since 1988 in the use of the new SU-24 bombers. In Washington, a State Department official said the United States has no proof that a Soviet-Syria deal has been completed, although the two countries are known to have been discussing a possible SU-24 sale.
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February 18, 1989 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze arrived here Friday at the start of a new Soviet peace initiative in the Middle East. Diplomats said that Shevardnadze's visit to Damascus, the first by a high-ranking Soviet official in four years, is likely to be the most difficult of his 10-day tour of the region. "Here you have an old friend, but one you have problems with," a senior Western diplomat said.
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February 9, 1991 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY and MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Allied warplanes screamed across blinding-blue desert skies to blitz Iraqi troops in the trenches and bunkers of Kuwait and southern Iraq on Friday, and a Saudi commander said the Iraqis have organized "execution battalions" to shoot any of their soldiers who might try to flee. The allies focused their bombing extra tightly on the Kuwaiti theater of operations as Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited U.S.
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February 18, 1989 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze arrived here Friday at the start of a new Soviet peace initiative in the Middle East. Diplomats said that Shevardnadze's visit to Damascus, the first by a high-ranking Soviet official in four years, is likely to be the most difficult of his 10-day tour of the region. "Here you have an old friend, but one you have problems with," a senior Western diplomat said.
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May 22, 1988
The Soviet Union is poised to turn its naval repair facility in Syria into a permanent base in a move cementing the military alliance between the two nations, Jane's Defense Weekly says. The expanded base at Tartus would serve as home for the Soviets' Mediterranean fleet, the noted British publication said, basing its report on diplomatic sources whom it did not identify.
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