Current Situation in Syria's Idlib Rapidly Deteriorating: Zakharova

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that "the current situation around Idlib is of serious concern. The situation in this de-escalation zone is rapidly deteriorating. The territory has actually been taken under the full control of militants from the al-Nusra alliance Hayat Tahrir al-Sham". She added that the militants' provocations posed serious danger to civilians and Syrian troops in the area, as well as to the Russian Hmeymim air base, Sputnik reported.

Putin: Russia Interested in Peace Treaty with Japan on Basis of 1956 Declaration

MOSCOW- Russia has confirmed interest in signing a peace treaty with Japan on the basis of the 1956 Declaration, President Vladimir Putin said after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, according to Itar Tass.

"Naturally, we discussed the outlook for concluding a peace treaty," Putin said. "We reaffirmed our interest in signing this document."

"At the meeting in Singapore (in November 2018) we agreed to proceed with the negotiating process on the basis of the joint declaration the Soviet Union and Japan signed in 1956, which above all envisages the conclusion of a peace treaty," Putin recalled, Tass said.

Lavrov, Pedersen Discuss Elimination of Terrorism, Restoration of Security to Syria

MOSCOW- Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen affirmed the necessity of eliminating terrorism completely and restoring security and stability to Syria along with respecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to SANA.

Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that during their meeting on Monday, both sides exchanged viewpoints in details on “prospects of pushing the political process forwards led by the Syrians themselves and with the help of the UN based on the Security Council’s resolution no. 2254 and they also discussed complete eradication of terrorism.”

Theresa May Presents Her Brexit ‘Plan B’ to Parliament

UK PM Theresa May reveals her Brexit ‘Plan B’ to parliament on Monday in a bid to garner the support of a majority of MPs to get an agreement through the House of Commons and avoid a no-deal withdrawal scenario, according to RT.

The prime minister’s original Brexit deal put to parliament was overwhelmingly rejected by a majority of 230 MPs on Tuesday. The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29.

May says there were six issues that came up when she conducted cross-party discussions on the best way forward for Brexit negotiations.

Hashemi Detention Shows US Violating Black People's Rights: Iran FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the detention of Press TV news anchor Marzieh Hashemi by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shows that the United States is still violating the rights of black people.

"The US govt needs to explain how Marzieh Hashemi—a journalist and grandmother—is such a flight risk that she must be incarcerated until she finishes her testimony to a grand jury," Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account on Monday, according to Press TV.

Lavrov Hopes for Continuity in Dialogue with New UN Envoy for Syria to Find Solution Based on Resolution No. 2254

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expects consistency in the dialogue with new UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen.

"We definitely highly value our cooperation in the Astana format and with the UN in promoting the political process in correspondence with [UN Security Council's] Resolution 2254. So, we hope for continuity and your working experience both in the structures of your homeland and in international organizations, including the UN," Lavrov said at a meeting with Pedersen on Monday, according to Itar Tass.

Russia Prepared to Create Super-Heavy Rocket

MOSCOW - Space industry companies have confirmed their preparedness to create a super-heavy rocket, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday.

"The Central Research Institute of Machine Building [TsNIIMash] - the leading scientific center of Roscosmos (based in Korolyov, Moscow Region) confirmed the readiness of its designer and production teams to implement the project of creating a super-heavy carrier rocket," Rogozin wrote.

Czech MP: Syria Has Right to Defend Itself against Terrorism

PRAGUE- Czech member of the parliament Stanislav Grospic affirmed on Friday that Syria has the right to defend itself against terrorism, aggression and occupation, SANA reported.

Grspic, in a statement to SANA in Prague, condemned threats posed by president of the Turkish regime Erdogan to launch a new aggression on Syrian territories, stressing that the time of occupations has gone.