Shulgin: The West seeks to make OPCW a tool to undermine the political solution to crisis in Syria

Moscow – Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alexander Shulgin said that the West through politicizing the work of the Organization through the mechanism of identifying the responsibility aims at foiling the political solution to the crisis in Syria, SANA reported.

Shulgin clarified in a press interview published in Russian Izvestia Newspaper that the Western countries are working on politicizing the work of OPCW and pushing it towards holding the Syrian government responsible for the use of chemical weapons, which means inclusively foiling the efforts for the political solution to the crisis in the country.

He pointed out that Washington, London and some other capitals do not want the war in Syria to reach an end.

Shulgin stressed Russia’s rejection to fund the special organ OPCW decided to establish for implementing its new tasks related on identifying those responsible for the use of chemical weapons.

Infighting between Terror Groups Expands to Idleb Southern Countryside

IDLEB, (ST)- A week after infighting between Jabhat al-Nusra  terrorist organization and the so-called "National Liberation Front" (NLF) had erupted and al-Nusra Terrorists had established full control over the entire Aleppo western countryside, new fierce battles began between the two rival groups in Idleb southern countryside. The ongoing infighting claimed the lives of scores of terrorists from both sides.

Local sources in Idleb southern countryside said that Jabhat al-Nusra brought huge reinforcements and deployed them close to the positions of the so-called "National Liberation Front" Terrorist group and other allied takfiri entities in the area.

Army Retaliates to Terrorists’ Breaches in Hama Countryside, Inflicts Heavy Losses upon Them

HAMA- Army units retaliated to new breaches of the demilitarized zone agreement in Idleb by the terrorist organizations which tried to infiltrate from different directions towards a number of military posts and safe areas in Hama northern countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them in the personnel and equipment, SANA reported.

SANA’s reporter in Hama said that an army unit positioned in Hama northern countryside to protect the civilians in the safe villages and towns retaliated with suitable weapons against terrorist groups which infiltrated from the direction of al-Dawrat valley to the east of al-Latamina town towards a military post in the area.

Deputy Defense Minister Hails Assistance Provided to Syria by Its Allies to Liberate Entire Syrian Territory from Terrorism

TEHRAN, (ST)- Syria's Deputy Minister of Defense, General Mahmoud Shawa, has stressed that the Syrian armed forces continue their victories over enemies of the Syrian people.

During his meeting with Iran's Defense Minister, Brigadier-General, Amir Hatami on Monday in Tehran, General Shawa hailed the assitance provided to Syria by its allies and friends to liberate the entire Syrian territory from terrorism.
Talks between the two sides focused on ways to boost bilateral ties between the two countries and on the latest developments in the region and in Syria.

Farewell Ceremony Held for Former Ambassador of Venezuela

DAMASCUS– The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Sunday held a farewell ceremony for former Ambassador of Venezuela in Damascus Imad Saab on occasion of the end of his mission, SANA reported.

During the event, which was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus, Ambassador was awarded the Syrian Order of Merit of Excellent Degree in appreciation for his personality and  for his friendly country.

According to SANA, Saab thanked President Bashar al-Assad for awarding him the Order of Merit and for the support and care he received from various Syrian establishments to facilitate his mission.

Under the Patronage of Mrs. Asma al-Assad, Winners of Syrian Science Olympiad Honored

DAMASCUS– Under the patronage of Mrs. Asma al-Assad, the Distinction and Creativity Commission on Sunday honored the winners of the top ten positions in the Syrian Science Olympiad competitions for the 2018-2019 season in math, physics, chemistry, IT, and biology, in a ceremony held at Dar al-Assad for Culture and Arts, according to SANA.

The top ten students in each subject were crowned with laurel wreaths, while the top three students received gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Director of the Syrian Science Olympiad Ali Abu Khedr said since its inception, the Olympiad proved to be an advanced projects for building new methodology for thinking and developing the skills of self-education, research, and positive competition.

Authorities seize amounts of weapons left by terrorists in Homs countryside

Homs - Competent authorities, in cooperation with the locals, on Sunday sized large amount of weapons and ammunition left behind by terrorists in Talbessa and Taldao in Homs northern countryside, SANA said.

SANA added that the seized weapons included, Improvised Explosive devices (IEDs), thermal missiles, 23-mm machine guns, pistols, sniper rifles and a variety of ammunition.

On Saturday, authorities seized Israeli and US-made weapons left by terrorists between Um al-Mayazen and Saida towns in Daraa eastern countryside.