Moscow’s spending on Vladimir Putin’s much-ballyhooed military campaign in defense of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is leading to enormous cutbacks in its spending on health, education and welfare for the Russian people.
Russian media has provided only one-sided coverage of the war in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. Western media coverage has revealed the terrible toll on civilians from attacks by Syrian government forces backed by Russia.
Three Turkish soldiers were killed as a result of a strike by Russian fighter jets in the area of the Syria city of Al-Bab during a joint mission. President Vladimir Putin has expressed condolences to Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.