UN Security Council Blocks Statement Condemning Attack on Russian Embassy in Damascus

UNITED NATIONS- The UN Security Council on Tuesday failed to adopt a media statement condemning the recent shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus as several states rejected the text suggested by Moscow, a spokesman for the Russian mission to the UN said, according to Itar Tass.

According to press secretary Fyodor Strzhizhovsky, the text, proposed by the Russian delegation, was based "on standard wording regarding counter-terrorism and immunity of diplomatic missions."

Trump Describes CIA Program to Support Armed Groups in Syria as “Massive, Dangerous and Wasteful”

US President Donald Trump has seemingly backed a decision to halt support for foreign-backed armed groups in Syria, inadvertently confirming the existence of a covert CIA program to fight the Syrian government, Press TV reported.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Trump attacked The Washington Post in connection with a story about the termination of US efforts to aid so-called "moderate rebels" fighting the Syrian government.

US Presence, Targeting of Syrian Forces Violate Int'l Law - Ex-Senate Adviser

WASHINGTON— The US military presence in Syria and its attacks on government forces lack any basis or justification under international law, ex-US diplomat and former foreign policy adviser to Senate Republican leaders Jim Jatras told Sputnik.

US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) head General Raymond Thomas last week told at a security forum on Friday that Russia can challenge the legality of the US military presence in Syria.

Russia-US Agreement on Syria De-Escalation Zones Proves Countries Can Work Together to Achieve Global Security

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stressed that the agreement of Moscow and Washington on the de-escalation zones in Syria has proved that countries can work together to achieve global security.

In a statement to the media, Lavrov said establishing de-escalation zones in Syria "contributes to separation between the "opposition" and the terrorists."

Russia Announces Deploying 4 Checkpoints, 14 Observation Points along De-Escalation Zones in Eastern Ghouta and Southwest of Syria

MOSCOW-The Russian Defense Ministry on Monday announced deploying two checkpoints and 10 observation points along the line of the de-escalation zone in the southwest of Syria.

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said that the Russian military police established the posts along the southwestern de-escalation zone on July 21 and July 22.

The checkpoints and observation posts, he noted, are aimed at "supporting the ceasefire regime, facilitating unhindered access of humanitarian supplies, the return of refugees and temporarily displaced persons," according to Sputnik.

Raymond Thomas Acknowledges that Presence of US Forces in Syria Is Illegal

WASHINGTON, (ST)- US Special Operations Forces Commander General Raymond Thomas has acknowledged that the presence of US forces in Syria was illegal as it came out of the international legitimacy framework unlike the presence of the Russian forces which came at the request of the legitimate Syrian government.

Special Envoy: China Strongly Opposed to Disintegration of Syria

TEHRAN- China's Special Envoy for Syria Xie Xiaoyan underlined his country's strong opposition to plans to disintegrate Syria, stressing the need for all states to fight against terrorist groups, According to Iran's Fars News Agency.

"China is opposed to any form of disintegration of Syria and we believe that the country's integrity should be maintained and different countries should fight against terrorists," Xie said in a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati in Tehran on Saturday.

Top US General Confirms End of CIA Covert Program in Syria

US Special Operations Forces Commander General Raymond Thomas has confirmed reports about the end of the CIA’s years-long covert program to arm and train armed groups, which Washington called "moderate opposition" in Syria.

General Thomas told a security forum in Colorado on Friday that the decision by the administration of President Donald Trump was not intended to please Russia, Press TV reported.