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Russia: Any Operations Conducted in Syria without the Syrian government's Approval Are Unacceptable

MOSCOW, (ST)- Moscow has reiterated that any operations conducted in Syria without the approval of the Syrian government are unacceptable, reaffirming that Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected.

Russia Today website quoted spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova as saying during a press conference on Thursday, that "capturing Syrian lands under whatever pretext, including counterterrorism, is unacceptable", pointing out that the Syrian government has proved its ability to combat terrorism.

She expressed Russia's support for attaining long-term security and stability in the Syrian Jazira region, stressing the importance of respecting Syrian sovereignty and launching constructive dialogue among the Syrians, including the Syrian Kurds.

China Says Syria's Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity Must be Protected

BEIJING, (ST)- China respects the Syrian government's stance on the US-Turkish deal to establish a so-called "safe zone" in the country and it believes that Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected and protected, according to the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying.

In a statement on Wednesday, Hua stressed that concerned parties in the international community should work together to create suitable circumstances for reaching political settlement in Syria and should avoid aggravating the situation.

2 Kids Martyred, 3 Others Injured in Blast of Landmine Left by Terrorists in Homs Countryside

 HOMS, (ST)- Two kids were martyred and three others were injured in a landmine explosion in Housh Hajjo area in Homs northern countryside, SANA reporter said on Wednesday.

The landmine was one of many others left by terrorist groups before being defeated and driven out of the area by the Syrian army.

The injured children were taken immediately to a hospital for necessary medical treatment.

Planned US-Turkey Operation Center Meant to Keep Syria off Balance, Says Analyst

A political analyst says the US’s plan to set up a joint command center with Turkey to coordinate a so-called safe zone in Syria is aimed at blocking the Syrian army’s advances on the battlefield against foreign-backed militants.

“The United States is trying to disrupt the consolidation of the Syrian government over its country so that it keeps it distracted by that particular task,” and prevent it from working with  its allies, namely Iran and Russia, in the battle against terrorism, Michael Lane, founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy, told Press TV.

Effort to Set up Syria Constitutional Committee Enters Home Stretch, Says Kremlin

MOSCOW - Work to set up a Syrian constitutional committee is almost over but it is too early to speak about the exact date of its completion, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said when asked if the committee’s establishment could be announced at the Russia-Iran-Turkey meeting set to take place in Ankara in September.

"The work is almost over, we are one step away from finalizing efforts to create a Syrian constitutional committee," he pointed out. "As of now, I cannot say if it will be possible to do it by the Ankara meeting," Peskov added. He confirmed that preparations for such a meeting were underway.