Russian Submarine Hits Terrorist Targets in Syria's Idleb

MOSCOW- The Russian Black Sea Fleet's Veliky Novgorod submarine, included in the Russian naval unit currently deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, has fired the Kalibr cruise missiles from underwater, hitting terrorist facilities in Syria, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday. The source added that all targets had been destroyed, Itar Tass reported.

"The missile strike targeted the recently detected terrorist strongholds, manpower, and armored vehicles, as well as the ammunition depots of the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group (outlawed in Russia) in the Idlib province," the source said. "The missiles flew about 300 kilometers. According to the objective monitoring data, all the targets have been hit," the Defense Ministry added.

Foreign Ministers of UNSC's Permanent Member States Discuss Crisis in Syria

NEW YORK, (ST)- The foreign ministers of the Security Council permanent member states and the UN Chief Antonio Guterres discussed on Thursday the settlement of the crisis in Syria in addition to the situation in the Korean  peninsula.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Sergey Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister, discussed with his counterparts from the United States, France, China and Britain ways of achieving settlement in Syria, in addition to intensifying anti- terrorism efforts, contributing to the political process and increasing humanitarian aid to the Syrian Arab Republic.

Russian, Syrian Diplomats Discuss Cooperation within OPCW

MOSCOW- Cooperation within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OCPW) was in focus of talks between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Syrian Ambassador to Russian Riyad Haddad, the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday, Tass reported.

China Ready to Take Part in Astana Talks as Observer

MOSCOW- China is ready to join the Astana talks on Syria as an observer, provided that a formal invitation is made, the Chinese government’s Special Envoy for Syria Xie Xiaoyan told reporters on Thursday.

"Today I met the deputy foreign minister, his Excellency Mr. Bogdanov, we had a lengthy discussion on the situation right now in Syria, what China and Russia can do to promote peace dialogue among the different parties," Xie Xiaoyan said. "We want to continue discussions with our Russian colleagues on every aspect of the Syrian issue either in Moscow or in Beijing, in Geneva or New York," he added, according to Itar Tass.

Peskov: US Intelligence Instigated Jabhat al-Nusra Attack in Hama

MOSCOW– The Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov reaffirmed that the attack launched by Jabhat al-Nusra in the area of de-escalation zone north of Hama came at the instigation of the US intelligence to stop the advance of the Syrian Army east of Deir Ezzor, according to SANA.

Peskov’s remarks came during a press conference in Moscow on Thursday.

Russian Defense Ministry : Jabhat al-Nusra Attack on North Hama City Breaches Astana Agreement

MOSCOW – General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces stressed that recent Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist attack on the Syrian military sites north Hama province breaches the de-escalation zone agreement of Astana, SANA reported.

In a statement published on Russia Today website, the Russian General Staff indicated that the US intelligence agency stood behind the terrorist attack which took place in the de-escalation zone established in Idleb province with the aim of halting the Syrian army’s victories in the eastern part of Deir Ezzor.

Macron Rules Out Resolution of Syrian Crisis Without Russia

French president says that it is necessary to work with Russia to find a resolution to the crisis in Syria.

NEW YORK — Finding a resolution to the crisi in Syria is impossible without Russian cooperation, French president Emmanuel Macron said in an interview on Tuesday, according to Sputnik.

"Russia is a partner. We have to work with Russia," Macron told CNN. "It's impossible to fix the Syrian situation without Russia… I think on Syria, we can act together. That's important."

Macron said that a constructive partnership with Russia is vital "to make global environment functioning".

UN Ministerial Meeting on Syria to be Held on September 21

UNITED NATIONS- A high-level international meeting on Syria will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 21, on the sidelines of the General Assembly General Debate, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said in an interview with TASS.

"An international meeting on the crisis in Syria will take place on September 21, it will be a broad meeting," the Russian diplomat said according to the Russian agency.