Czech Republic Closely Watching Developments in Syria, Says Šrámek

PRAGUE, (ST)-Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivo Šrámek  has underscored that protection of Syrian cultural heritage is important for humanity, referring to the successful development of bilateral cooperation between Syrian and Czech Republic.

His remark came during his today's meeting with Director-General of the DGAM Dr. Maamoun Abdul Karim and the accompanying delegation, who are visiting Czech Republic.

Šrámek stressed that only the Syrians decide the future of their country.

Putin: Syria De-Escalation Zones to Help Consolidate Cessation of Hostilities

BEIJING- The establishment of the de-escalation zones in Syria is aimed primarily at consolidating the cessation of hostilities, the reconciliation process in that country is impossible without that, Putin told reporters at a press conference as part of the Belt and Road international economic forum in Beijing, Itar Tass reported.

"I hope very much that this (the creation of de-escalation zones) will be an effective tool, above all, for maintaining the cessation of hostilities," Putin said. He noted that it is essential now to consolidate the ceasefire, which will be the basis for the subsequent political process. "If the situation evolves in accordance with this scenario, it will be possible to say that we are attaining the goals that have been set. "However, any effective political process, as we all understand, is out of the question without the ceasefire," the Russian leader added.

Trump Wants Mutually Respectful Relations with Moscow, Says Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Sunday that US President Donald Trump has advocated for "respectful" relations with Moscow, which would be based on properly realized common interests, such as the fight against terrorism.

MOSCOW - US President Donald Trump was always saying that he wants to have mutually respectful relations with Russia that would be based on shared interests, said Sunday.

‘Macron is Only Fresh Face from France’s Despised Old System’

France’s new president, Emanuel Macron, is just the latest child of a despised political system in which politicians make promises, get elected by default, and apply policies that work only for the rich and powerful, says rights activist Yasser Louati.

France has inaugurated Emmanuel Macron as its new president at Elysee Palace in Paris.

France has seen a large police presence since declaring a state of emergency following a number of terrorist attacks. In addition to the threat of terrorism, there have been large-scale protests over the presidential election, with many people unhappy with both candidates on offer in the second round – centrist Macron and anti-establishment Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Front.

RT asked human rights activist Yasser Louati whether Macron could hail in a new era for France.

Donald Trump, Mohammad Bin Salman Most Dangerous Men on Planet: Patrick Cockburn

LONDON, (ST)- British writer Patrick Cockburn has said that US President Donald Trump and the Defense Minister of the Saudi regime Mohammed bin Salman are the "the most dangerous men on planet" because of their reckless and aggressive stances and policies based on interference on other countries' affairs.

Any US Involvement in Monitoring De-Escalation Zones in Syria Should Be Acceptable for Damascus: Lavrov

FAIRBANKS ,United States- Russia will welcome any contribution by the United States to the memorandum on establishing de-escalation zones in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters. He did not rule out the possibility of US involvement in monitoring these zones but noted that this should be agreed with all parties concerned and should be acceptable for Damascus in the first place, Itar Tass reported.

"We will welcome any contribution by the United States to the implementation of this concept," Russia’s top diplomat said when asked whether the issue was discussed during the talks in the United States.

Lavrov noted that a meeting of experts representing Russia, Turkey and Iran, that is, the countries acting as the guarantors of the ceasefire in Syria would be held in 10-12 days. "The experts will discuss specific parameters of these zones’ operation, including buffer zones around them, observation posts and checkpoints," he explained.

Bogdanov: Syria Is a Sovereign State and It Must Be Consulted before Deploying Any Troops on Its Territory

MOSCOW- Russian President’s Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov affirmed on Thursday that Syria is a sovereign state and its leadership must be consulted in considering the possibility of deploying any forces on its territory, SANA reported.

“Syria is a sovereign state, it has leadership so of course it is necessary to hold consultations with it to have its approval,” Bogdanov told reporters when asked whether the presence of US troops in the de-escalation zones would be beneficial.

Kutilová: Ideology of Terrorists in Syria Poses Threat to Stability in Europe

 Czech journalist Markéta Kutilováhas criticized the West's double-standard policy towards the events taking place in Syria and its silence on crimes being perpetrated by terrorist organizations there.

She said in a report published by the Czech T.V. website that the ideology of terrorist organizations in Syria poses a threat to stability and peace in the Middle East and in Europe.

"The Saudi and Qatari regimes provide these terrorist organizations with money, arms and medicine via Turkey," the report, which talk about the journalist' impression about her recent visit to Aleppo, asserted.