Russia Says 70 Syrian Rebels Killed in Fighting in Country's South

Russian officials hope to discuss the situation in Syria with U.S. national security adviser John Bolton during his visit to Moscow

A house is set on fire during an airstrike by Syrian regime forces on the town of Busra al-Harir in the east of the southern Syrian province of Daraa on June 24, 2018
AFP PHOTO / Mohamad ABAZEED

The Syrian army, supported by the Russian Air Force, has repelled a rebel attack in the southern "de-escalation zone," killing around 70 rebels, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Monday.

Russian officials hope to discuss the situation in Syria with U.S. national security adviser John Bolton during his visit to Moscow, RIA news agency citied Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying on Monday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week Bolton was planning to travel to Moscow on Sunday or Monday and that he expected that the visit would lead to a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.