Russia Warns against Coddling Terrorists, Stresses Support for Extremists from Abroad Continues

BAKU- Moscow has called for avoiding the practice of employing terrorists active in Syria as a quick fix to achieve short-term goals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said addressing the students of Azerbaijan’s Diplomatic Academy, according to Itar Tass.

According to him, the fight against international terrorism requires joint efforts by the global community. "Both Russia and Azerbaijan stand for fighting the war on terror without any double standards, so that no one could use terrorists as quick fixes in achieving some short-term goals, as we see happening in Syria and some other countries in the Middle East," the Russian top-diplomat stressed.

Lavrov: Russia, Iranian, Turkish Foreign Ministers Agree on all Key Issues Regarding Syria

ANTALYA, Turkey- Foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey Sergei Lavrov, Javad Zarif and Mevlut Cavusoglu at the talks in Antalya on Sunday have reached agreement on all the key issues, the Russian foreign minister told reporters after the meeting.

"We have gathered to discuss certain issues related to preparations for the summit of the three countries’ president, which is due in Sochi on November 22," Lavrov said. "The work was very useful, we have reached agreement on all the key issues," he added, according to Itar Tass.

Six Russian Tu-22M3 Bombers Hit ISIS Targets Near Syria’s Abu Kamal

MOSCOW- Six Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Force hit targets of the ISIS terrorist group near the Syrian city of Abu Kamal on Saturday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, Itar Tass reported.

"On November 18, 2017 six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers delivered air strikes at facilities of the ISIS terrorist group near the city of Abu Kamal (Deir ez-Zor province)," the ministry said, noting the bombers had destroyed military personnel, hardware and weapons of the militants.

US Nuclear Commander: I'd Resist Trump’s ‘Illegal’ Nuke Strike Order

A top nuclear commander in the United States says he would resist an “illegal” nuclear attack order from President Donald Trump.

The head of US Strategic Command, General John Hyten, told an audience at a security forum on Saturday that he would tell Trump he couldn’t carry out an illegal strike, CBS News reported.

"I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do," Hyten said. "And if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen? I'm going to say, 'Mr. President, that's illegal.'”

Velayati Warns Macron against Meddling in Iran’s Internal Affairs

A senior Iranian official has advised French President Emmanuel Macron against meddling in Iran’s internal affairs, including such strategic issues as the Iranian defense program.

Ali Akbar Velayati, who advises Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, made the remark in an interview with IRIB News after Macron said Iran’s ballistic missile program had “to be curtailed.”  

Velayati said, “It is not in Mr. Macron and France’s interest to interfere in the missile issue and the Islamic Republic’s strategic affairs, on which we are very sensitive.”

“Such interference will have no impact other than diminishing the French government’s credibility in Iran’s eye,” Velayati said, according to Press TV.

Russia Blocks Japan's UN Draft on 30 Day Extension of Syria Chemical Probe Mission

The UN Security Council has failed to adopt a new resolution on the extension of the UN-OPCW The Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russia and Bolivia voted against Japan's new draft.

The draft envisioned a "technical" extension of the JIM probe for 30 days, during which the UN would work out proposals on how the probe could go on in a manner that would satisfy all the Security Council members.

"Any extension of the JIM mandate is only possible for us if the fundamental flaws in its work are rectified," Russian UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia commented after the vote, RT reported.

Russian Bombers hit ISIS Targets near Syria’s Abu Kamal

MOSCOW- Six long-range bombers Tupolev-22M3 of Russia’s Aerospace Force on Friday hit targets of the ISIS terrorist organization near Abu Kamal, in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"On November 17, 2017 six long-range bombers Tupolev-22M3 left an airbase in Russia, crossed Iranian and Iraqi airspace and carried out a massive air strike against facilities of the terrorist organization Islamic State near Abu Kamal, in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province, such as strongholds, manpower and armored vehicles. Monitoring equipment confirmed that all of the designated targets were hit," the Defense Ministry said, according to Itar Tass.

Iran Blasts ‘One-Sided, Biased’ France Views of Regional Crises

Instead of taking “biased” stances that endanger peace and stability in the Middle East, France and other Western nations need to adopt a “realistic” approach that helps soothe tensions in the region, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi says.

“Unfortunately, it seems like France has a one-sided and biased view towards the ongoing crises and humanitarian catastrophes in the Middle East,” Qasemi said on Thursday.

And this view fuels regional conflicts, "whether intentionally or unintentionally,” he added.

The remarks were a direct reaction to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who earlier in the day expressed concern about what he called Iran’s “hegemonic” intentions in the Middle East.