Zakharova: US-led coalition targeting Syrian warplane is violation of UN Charter

Moscow - Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that targeting a Syrian warplane by the US–led coalition and the increase of the US military presence in areas southern Syria are a violation of the international law and the United Nations Charter, SANA reported.

“The Russian side considers these steps as a flagrant violation of the international law, principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and disrespect for the UN Charter,” Zakharova told reporters on Thursday.

“We demand a thorough investigation by the US command of the above mentioned incident and the necessary measures on preventing a repetition of such situations in the future,” she stressed.

UN chief calls for protecting civilians in Raqqa


New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for protecting civilians at a time when the warplanes of the US-led international coalition continue their massacres against innocent civilians there, SANA reported.

I make an urgent appeal to all those conducting military operations in Syria to do everything in their power to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, he said in a statement Wednesday, adding that the inhabitants of Raqqa are facing critical situation.

The illegal US-led coalition, under the pretext of fighting the ISIS terrorist organizations, targeted on June 8 the residential neighborhoods in Raqqa city with airstrikes using white phosphorous bombs, leaving scores of innocent civilians dead or injured.

Russian, Brazilian Presidents Urge Finding Political Solution that Preserves Syria's Territorial Integrity

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer have called for finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria as soon as possible based on preserving Syria's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In a joint statement issued following their talks in Moscow on Wednesday, the two presidents affirmed the need to solve the crisis in Syria politically on the basis of the Security Council Resolution No. 2254, issued in December, 2015 and on the basis of a political process managed by the Syrians themselves in a way that preserves Syria's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and that respects the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.

US Coalition Still Owes Explanation over Downing of Syrian Warplane – Lavrov

Moscow is still waiting for an explanation from Washington about the downing of a Syrian warplane, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said after talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.  Lavrov also expressed hope that US actions won’t undermine anti-terrorism efforts in Syria.

Moscow: Increasing Number of US Troops in Southern Syria Illegal

MOSCOW– Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov stressed that increasing the number the US troops in southern Syria is illegal.

 “It is absolutely illegal as the move was not made in accordance with any decision, reached by the UN Security Council, nor was it made following a request by the legitimate authorities in the Syrian Arab Republic”, said Bogdanov in a press conference held Tuesday, according to SANA.

He added that Syria is a sovereign state and a UN member state, affirming that its sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected according to the international law.

Australia Suspends Airstrikes over Syria after Russian Threats

SYDNEY, (ST)- The Australian government announced today that it suspended its participation in the airstrikes of the US-led Coalition. The development comes after Russia has terminated its communication channel with the United States under a memorandum for preventing incidents in Syria's skies and warned that any flights within area of its air force group's operation in Syria will be legitimate targets.

Australian media reports said that the Australian Air Force, which participates in the US led coalition in Syria, has confirmed that it is suspending its participation in all airstrikes over Syria due to safety concerns arising from Russia halting its Flight Safety Memorandum with the US and its allies in light of Russia’s strong condemning of the US downing of a Syrian jet in Syrian airspace.

Australia released a statement saying that “as a precautionary measure, Australian Defense Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased.

Russia Cuts De-Confliction Channel with Washington after US Downs Syrian Jet

Russia will regard any flights within area of its air force group's operation in Syria as legitimate targets

MOSCOW- Moscow is terminating its communication channel with the United States under a memorandum for preventing incidents in Syria's skies, as a consequence for the US downing a Syrian Su-22 plane, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday, according to ItarTass.

"As of June 19 this year, the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation has ended its interaction with the US side under a memorandum for preventing incidents and providing for safe flights during operations in Syria and demands that the US command carry out a careful investigation and report about its results and the measures taken," the statement reads.

Lavrov Stresses Any Action on Ground in Syria Should be Coordinated with Damascus

BEIJING- All countries should respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and coordinate any actions "on the ground" with Damascus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following a meeting between BRICS foreign ministers on Monday.

"As for what is happening ‘on the ground’ in Syria, we proceed from the assumption that it is necessary to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity in Syria, the way it is envisaged by UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and other UN documents," the minister said. "Therefore, any actions ‘on the ground’, and there are many participants there, including those who carry out military operations, should be coordinated with Damascus," he added, according to Itar Tass.