Daily Archive: September 21, 2018

Western Leaders Descend on Macedonian ‘Battleground’ as Moscow Pulls Its Punches

Outside of the Balkans, Macedonia is a country rarely on the radar. Yet, this month, its two million people are at the center of an illusory tug-of-war. As September destinations go, it has plenty of appeal. Daytime temperatures are between 27 and 30 degrees Celsius (80-86 Fahrenheit), nights are balmy and there’s plenty of sunshine. Nevertheless, Skopje has never been...

Russian Aircraft Brought Down in Syria: Hard Road to Peace

A Syrian S-200 air defense system inadvertently shot down a Russian surveillance plane over the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Sept.17 while countering Israeli air strikes against targets in the country’s coastal Latakia governorate. Fifteen Russian servicemen lost lives as a result. The aircraft was returning to Hmeimim air base. The Il-20 is a military version of the Il-18 turboprop airliner, which carries...