Putin to Merkel and Macron: Cessation of Hostilities in Syria Doesn't Extend to Military Operations against Terrorist Organizations

MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the Syria situation over the phone on Sunday, the Kremlin press office reported.

"The sides discussed the Syria issues in the context of the developments in Eastern Ghouta and the provision of humanitarian access to that area and to other regions of Syria," the Kremlin press office said, according to Itar Tass.

"The sides said they were content that the joint constructive work had helped agree and adopt UN Security Council Resolution No. 2401 on February 24. The sides noted the importance of continuing joint efforts in order to implement the provisions of the resolution in full and as quickly as possible," the Kremlin press office said.

UNSC Adopts Resolution on 30-Day Cessation of Hostilities in Syria

NEW YORK- The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted resolution No. 2401 that introduces a 30-day cessation of hostilities on Syrian territory. The resolution aims to allow the medical evacuation of those injured and provide access to number of regions for humanitarian convoys, according to Sputnik.

The cessation of hostilities regime does not cover military actions against Daesh, al-Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists.

US Making Billions in Arms Sales to Europeans – Report

The United States is making billions of dollars in American arms sales to European nations by raising the specter of Russian aggression, according to a report. 

The weapons deliveries are part of the Donald Trump administration's wider plans to confront Russia in the region, CNN reported on Saturday.

The State Department issued approval for a potential sale of the Patriot missile system, including about 100 missiles, to Sweden on Wednesday.  The system is designed to intercept short- and medium-range ballistic missiles as well as drones.

Iran Rejects All US Conditions for JCPOA

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif has rejected as "improper" the conditions set by the United States for upholding the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement, urging Washington to immediately fulfill its commitments under the deal, according to Press T.V.

"A party to a multilateral agreement cannot set conditions for the deal. They [the Americans] have previously set some conditions that were improper. Their new conditions are improper as well," Zarif told reporters in Tehran on Saturday.

Putin: Russian Forces alongside Syrian Army Defeated Terrorist Organizations in Syria

Moscow-Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian forces participating in the task of combating terrorist organizations in Syria, in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army, have succeeded in achieving victory over dangerous and massive terrorist organizations and eliminating them.

Putin’s remarks came during a ceremony on the occasion of Defender of the Fatherland Day, SANA reported.

Voting on Draft Resolution on Cessation of Hostilities in Syria Delayed Till Saturday Evening

WASHINGTON, (ST)- Voting on a draft resolution at the Security Council on the cessation of hostilities in Syria was delayed till Saturday evening.

The delay of voting on the draft resolution, which was submitted by Sweden and Kuwait, was announced as consultations among the 15 members of the Security Council continue with the purpose of reaching consensual formula.

According to UN sources, the ten non permanent member states of the council support consensus, whereas western countries keep manipulating the concept of flexibility by making small verbal concessions but rejecting doing any efforts to reach understanding with Russia.

Nusra Front Terrorists Are Major Obstacle to Reaching "Ceasefire" in Syria

MOSCOW- Amid the worsening situation in Eastern Ghouta, the suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Nusra Front terrorists are the major obstacle to reaching a "ceasefire" in Syria, adding that there's no guarantee that militants will adhere to the cessation of hostilities.

The international coalition doesn't seem to fight against the Nusra Front terrorist group in Syria, Lavrov said on Friday following the meeting with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov, according to Sputnik.

‘Information War Technique’: Russia’s UN Envoy Slams ‘Mass Psychosis’ over Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

Russia’s envoy to the UN has accused mainstream media of leading a “campaign of disinformation,” spearheaded by the so-called White Helmets group, that only complicates the situation in Syria’s terrorist-controlled Eastern Ghouta.

At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, Russia rejected a proposed resolution for a 30-day "ceasefire" in Syria (submitted by Sweden and Kuwait) as “utopian,” while Vassily Nebenzia said that the “propaganda-driven” approach to the coverage of the war was making a peaceful resolution even harder to reach, RT reported.