Moscow warns against introduction of no-fly zone in Syria


The Russian Foreign Ministry is satisfied with progress in humanitarian sphere in Syria

The introduction of the no-fly zone in Syria will only result in the "Libyan scenario", Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"The statements on a no-fly zone were made by the German chancellor, but this is not her idea, the idea is not new, it was promoted by Turkey," the diplomat said. "Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has pointed out that this proposal should be coordinated with the official Damascus. No one cancelled the country’s sovereignty." TASS reported.

"No one wants the ‘Libyan scenario’. The international community has already experienced this concept," she said. "The result is visible not only in Libya, rather, it is not seen in Libya at all. However, it is seen far beyond Libya’s borders - in Europe."

Turkish Regime Allows 500 Terrorists to Cross Borders towards Syrian town of Azaz to help terrorist Organizations

ALEPPO, (ST)-Under the supervision of the Turkish regime at least 500 terrorists have crossed the Turkish border heading for the Syrian town of Azaz in northern Aleppo province.

AFP reported that at least 500 takfiri terrorists have crossed the Bab al-Salam border crossing yesterday on their way to the town of Azaz to help the terrorist organizations that attacked the city and terrorized the locals.

It is the second time a large group of terrorists have crossed the Turkish border and entered Syria in less than a week. On Sunday, 350 heavily armed terrorists entered Syrian soil via the Atme border crossing with Turkey, media reports said.

At least 18 killed in huge explosion in car bomb attack in Ankara


A big explosion that officials said was an "act of terrorism" took place in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing at least 18 people and injuring another 45.

Ankara Governor Mehmet Kılıçlar said the officials believe the explosion was caused by a car bomb and initial reports said five were killed.

The Ankara Governor's Office and the Interior Ministry later raised the death toll to 18, adding that at least 45 others were wounded, the Turkish Today's Zaman reported.

News reports say buses carrying military personnel have been targeted. The explosion took place as the buses were arriving at a military lodging facility in downtown Ankara, according to reports.

The blast targeted military service buses as they waited at traffic lights, the Turkish military later said in a statement.

The attack happened at height of evening rush hour in the capital, not far from Turkey's parliament, government buildings and military headquarters.

The military added that it condemned the "contemptible and dastardly" attack. The army did not say how many military personnel were on board the buses.

"I heard a huge explosion. There was smoke and a really strong smell even though we were blocks away," a Reuters witness said.

Ömer Çelik, a spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), wrote in Twitter that the explosion was an "act of terrorism."

The explosion took place in a central area of Ankara, in close proximity to the Turkish General Staff headquarters, the Prime Ministry, Parliament and Defense Ministry. It happened during the rush hour, raising fear that the casualties might increase.

20 ambulances were sent to the scene of the blast, the Health Ministry officials were quoted as saying by private broadcaster CNN Türk.




Turkey 'Puts Its Territorial Integrity at Risk' By Siding with Saudi Arabia

Turkey could well find itself in a state of "frightening loneliness" in the international arena due to Ankara's "reckless" foreign policy initiatives, MevlütDudu of Turkey's Republican People's Party (CHP) told Sputnik.

Turkey's foreign policy has "caused tensions between Ankara and all of its allies," including the US, European countries and Middle Eastern nations, the lawmaker noted. In his opinion, a particularly bad foreign policy strategy involves the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) joining forces with Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Defense min., Russia’s Putin confer on regional coop

TEHRAN– Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Tue. meeting with Iran’s Defense Minister Dehghan expressed his satisfaction over the expansion of defense and security cooperation between Tehran and Moscow.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan who arrived in Moscow on Monday for an official visit at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu, held talks with President Putin on Tuesday over bilateral, regional and international issues, according to Mehr News.