Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Says international Reports on Syria Outright Lies

MOSCOW- Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, an official spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry, on Friday expressed doubt that international reports about the situation in Syria are useful.

"Identical reports about the situation in Syria, based on so-called evidence by local "activists" obtained from social networking sites, are more likely to damage the reputation of international organizations and reputed media than to help in solving the humanitarian problems in Syria," he said, according to Itar Tass.

Europe-Turkey Relations Worsen Amid Calls for EU Membership Deal Freeze

Relations between the EU and Turkey have hit a new low over changes to the Turkish constitution which has led to diplomatic rifts between Ankara and several EU countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, with some politicians calling for an end to talks over Turkish accession to the EU.

Turkish president RecepTayyip Erdogan is holding a referendum, April 16, over controversial changes to the country's constitution - effectively handing him more power - with a new executive presidency replacing the office of the prime minister.

US Must Not Sell Arms to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain

A leading human rights group has called on the United States not to approve pending weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, warning that such sales could implicate Washington in war crimes.

In a letter to US President Donald Trump, Amnesty International said the arms sales would only serve to further arm the Saudi-led coalition that has attacked thousands of civilians in Yemen in violation of international law.

Amnesty International’s researchers have already found many unexploded US-made bombs among the ruins of Yemeni residential buildings. The bombs include cluster munitions which are banned weapons under international law.

Zakharova: 'West Evades Condemning Terrorist Attacks in Syria'

MOSCOW-The behavior of Moscow's Western partners regarding the situation in Syria raises eyebrows, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

 Russia's Western partners in the UN Security Council are constantly evading condemning terrorist attacks in Syria, Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday, according to Sputnik.

"Our Western partners in the UN Security Council, allegedly seeking to fight terrorism, as they regularly claim, act in a way that is beyond logic and common sense. They are evading, under various pretexts, condemning terrorist attacks in Syria," Zakharova said.

She stressed that such behavior was reflecting the position of West toward Syria and its people.

Russian Sappers in Syria to Help Demine Palmyra

A group of Russian sappers have arrived at Khmeimim Air Base in Syria to help demine the ancient city of Palmyra, recently recaptured  from Daesh by the Syrian army and its allies for the second time, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.

“The latest bomb disposal unit of the International Mine Action Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation has arrived in Syria to assist in the humanitarian demining of the ancient city of Palmyra. The personnel, military equipment and property of the unit were quickly transferred by aircraft of the Military Transport Aviation from the Chkalovsky [Moscow Region] airfield to the Khmeimim air base. After that the detachment made a march [to Palmyra] and proceeded to mine sweep the city,” the ministry said in a statement on Thursday, according to RT.

Prague to Take Part in Reconstruction in Syria, Iraq: Zoaralek

PRAGUE, (ST)- The Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zoaralek told a press conference on Wednesday that the Czech companies can join reconstruction in Syria after the crisis ends given the Czech republic's good reputation and its keenness on keeping the Czech embassy in Damascus opened and active.

Pentagon Official: US Set to Deploy 1,000 More Troops to Syria

The United States is set to deploy about 1,000 additional US troops to northern Syria, according to a Pentagon official, following reports that the Trump administration is planning to send thousands of soldiers to Syria.

The official told AFP on Wednesday that President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are yet to approve the provisional plans drawn up by the Pentagon, Press TV reported.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, "That's one of the proposals that's on the table for discussion."

Washington has currently between 800 and 900 Special Operations troops in Syria, according to AFP.

Fresh Terrorist Bombings in Damascus Widely Condemned

CAPITALS, (ST)- The new coward terrorist blasts which targeted today the Justice palace and a restaurant in Damascus received wide condemnation and were seen as a desperate attempt by the terrorists to cover their defeat in several Syrian areas the terrorists and  to foil the political process aiming to find solution to the crisis in Syria.

 In Moscow, Russia strongly condemned the terrorist attacks which hit Damascus on Wednesday and were carried out deliberately to coincide with the third round of international consultations on Syria in Kazakh capital Astana.