Syria, Russia to Enhance Cooperation in Confrontation of Terrorism, Sanctions

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russia and Syria have stressed determination to enhance cooperation and joint action in all domains, mainly fighting terrorism and confronting the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States and Europe on Syria.

A meeting, held in Moscow on Tuesday between Syria's Minister of Presidential Affairs Mansour Azzam and  Russia's Deputy  Prime Minister Yury Borisov, who is the head of the Russian side in the Syrian-Russian Committee for Economic, Trade and Technical Scientific Cooperation, discussed means of consolidating economic, trade and financial cooperation as well as the results of implementing the decisions of the joint committee in the presence of the Russian President's Special Representative for Middle east and North Africa Affairs Michael Bogdanov and a number of concerned Russian officials.

Slutsky and Bogdanov: Russia to Continue Supporting Syria against Terrorism

MOSCOW – Chairman of the Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky renewed Russia’s will to continue supporting Syria in counterterrorism and in the efforts exerted for restoring stability and security to it.

During his meeting with Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister Ayman Sousan in Moscow Tuesday, Slutsky stressed that Russia’s stance is firm with regards to the occupied Syrian Golan, calling for avoiding acts that would violate sovereignty of Syria and lead to stirring tension in the region.

Patriarch Irinej of Serbia Visits Churches and Monasteries in Tartous and Homs

TARTOUS/HOMS – Accompanied by Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East John X Yazigi, Patriarch Irinej of Serbia visited Lady of Balmana Monastery in Balmana village in Banias countryside in Tartous Province. A mass was held and prayers were performed for peace in Syria.

Patriarch Irinej stressed in a sermon that he is going to pass the real image of what Syria is witnessing to his country, according to SANA.

He pointed to what he has witnessed during his visit with regards to the terrorist attacks launched against churches and monasteries in the country, adding that his country is following up what is going on in Syria and the sufferings of its people.

Russia, China Block Issuance of Unbalanced UNSC Statement on Syria's Idleb

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russia and China have blocked the issuance of an unbalanced statement by the UN Security Council that sought distorting facts about the situation in the Syrian province of Idleb and that didn't mention the terrorists' activities there.

Itar Tass news agency quoted a Russian diplomatic source as saying that Russia has prevented the adoption of the statement, clarifying that the text of the draft statement, proposed by "Kuwait, Germany and Belgium" was unbalanced and contained no mention of the terrorists who control most of Idleb.

The statement was proposed last Friday and it has been placed under the so-called "silent procedure" until the Russian and Chinese missions broke the procedure and hampered its adoption.

Syria Calls on Security Council to Condemn Terrorist Attacks on Civilians

DAMASCUS-Syria called on Security Council and UN Secretary General to immediately condemn the terrorist attacks that target safe civilians, stressing that these attacks will not affect Syria stance in combating terrorism and working to restore security and stability to the Syrian people, SANA reported.

“Some Security council member states, particularly the US and western states, circulate fake information that the Syrian army and its allies shell civilian targets and facilities in Idleb… unfortunately, some officials at UN General Secretariat, for their part, are completing the circle of unprofessional information which mainly aim to mislead the world public opinion to protect Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization,” Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a letter sent to UN Secretary General and President of Security council.