Powerful Tu-22 long-range bombers and cruise missiles were used
Russia was ready to "closely cooperate" with France in its investigation of the attack, he said.
He is expected to discuss the Syria crisis in bilateral encounters
"The battle must be open. A sporting contest is only interesting when it is honest."
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Russian President Vladimir Putin takes the first position in Forbes' 2015 ranking of "The World's Most Powerful People"
"Putin did not seek confrontation with the West but he believed you have to be strong so that people reckon with you ...
He recognized that at least some of the people who rebelled against Assad's rule had a legitimate grievance.
Assad stressed the importance of "further political steps" and praised Russia for its military and political efforts
Putin said that positive developments on the military front in Syria would provide a basis for a long-term political...
President Vladimir Putin seeks to roll back U.S. influence and demonstrate he can dictate terms to Washington