Putin: Russia Calls for Abandoning Global Trade Wars

DUSHANBE - There is a need to restore trust between countries in relation to global trade and find a way to resolve trade war issues, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, addressing the summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Tajikistan’s capital of Dushanbe on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, trade wars are raging across the world, in fact, ultimate fighting is ongoing, which involves bullying and attempts to eliminate competitors through non-market methods.

US, NATO War Game in Baltic Mirrored by Russian Maneuvers

The United States and its NATO allies have kicked off naval exercises near Russia’s western border to counter what they describe as “Russian threat”.

Thousands of US and European forces and some 50 ships on the Baltic coast near Russia participated in the exercise dubbed BALTOPS, which is part of the largest US-led war games in the past five years.

The annual maritime-focused exercise, which involves 18 allied and partner nations, was kicked off on Wednesday and will last until June 21.

Terrorists attack towns in Hama countryside with rockets

Hama -Terrorist groups continued on Friday their breaches of the de-escalation zone agreement and attacked with rockets Mhardah, Jub Ramlah and al-Raseef towns in Hama northern countryside.

A police source told SANA that the terrorist groups positioned in Latamneh and Kfar Zeita towns in Hama northern countryside targeted the citizens’ houses in  Mhardah, Jub Ramlah and al-Raseef towns, causing huge material damage to the properties.

Explosion at ammo depot west of Damascus

Damascus– An explosion occurred at an army ammunition depot belonging to the Syrian Arab Army to the west of Damascus, a military source said on Saturday, according to SANA.

The source clarified that the explosion was caused by the spread of fires burning the grass and dried plants near the depot in Mashroa Dommar area. 


Dialogue Based on Preserving Syria's Sovereignty, Unity Only Way to Solve Crisis in the Country: SCO Leaders

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan- Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) have stressed that cooperation based on preserving Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity is the only way to solve the crisis in the country.

In the final communiqué issued on Friday concluding the SCO summit, held in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, the leaders reiterated their unified stance that the "dialogue based on preserving Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity is the only way for settlement in Syria."

According to the communiqué, cooperation within the framework of Astana process on Syria has created necessary circumstances to implement the Security Council Resolution No. 2254 which encourages an inclusive political process led by the Syrians themselves to find solutions that achieve their interests.