Iran Has no Military Base in Syria, It has Only Advisory Presence: Tehran

TEHRAN- Iran is not intervening in Syria and Iraq and it does not need to have a military base in Syria, said the senior spokesman of Iran's Armed Forces.

Speaking in a recent exclusive interview with the Iranian News Agency (IRNA), Brigadier General Abulfazl Shekarchi said Iran provides Syria and Iraq with advisory assistance upon their government' official request.

Iran advisory presence is quite legitimate, General Shakarchi added, according to IRNA.

Lavrov: US Actions in Syria's Deir Ezzor ‘Illegitimate'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says actions taken by the United States in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor are“illegitimate.”

 “What is happening on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River clearly violates the commitment to Syria’s territorial integrity as declared by all and confirmed in the UN Security Council’s resolution. In my view, this is already evident for all,” Lavrov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel on Sunday, according to Press TV.

The Russian top diplomat added that Washington was trying to pretend that the presence of its military forces in the Arab country and the steps it took there were “temporary,” implying that the truth is otherwise.

Iran Rejects 'Ridiculous' US Claims against Its Missile Program

Iran has rejected US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claims against its missile capabilities, saying the program is defensive and does not violate the international agreement on Tehran's nuclear program

"Iran's missile program has a defensive nature and is designed according to the needs of the country," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Sunday, responding to Pompeo's claim that Tehran had tested a medium-range ballistic missile.

Terrorists' Plans to Undermine Cooperation in Astana Format Futile: Zakharova

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Friday that plans of terrorists in Syria to undermine cooperation in the Astana format and derail agreements on Idlib are futile.

Despite the efforts  exerted ,the situation in Idlib is explosive, Zakharova said, clarifying that terrorists are doing their best to derail the implementation of measures to delimitate the so-called "moderate forces" and create a demilitarized zone. The scale of provocations carried out by them is unfortunately growing, she said, according to Itar Tass.

Iran's Nuclear Chief Warns Patience Is Running out on EU Pledges

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi has warned that Tehran's patience is running out over the failure of the European Union's economic pledges to deliver any "tangible results, press TV reported.

Salehi, who is in the Belgian capital of Brussels to attend the third seminar on peaceful nuclear cooperation, made the remarks in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday ahead of a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels.

He said the EU's efforts were encouraging but added: "We have not yet seen any tangible results."

"So, they [Europeans] are promising us that they are doing their best to be able to translate all that they have said in political terms and to turn it into realization, in other words, to materialize what they have said," Salehi said.