NATO Should Respect 'Indivisible' Security Agreements, Says Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on the NATO military alliance to respect agreements on "indivisible security," criticizing the US-led pact's growing military presence on the Russian borders, according to Press T.V.

Speaking at a at a joint press conference with his visiting Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias in Moscow on Wednesday, Lavrov said it was "unacceptable" for NATO to draw new dividing lines under the pretext of boosting security.

Putin Thanks ‘Entire World Football Family’ for Help in Organizing 2018 World Cup

Vladimir Putin has thanked the “world football family” for its help in organizing the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The much-awaited tournament kicks off June 14 when Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in Moscow’s iconic Luzhniki Stadium.

“Preparation for such a large-scale and bright sporting event is not only the task of the host country. [Such an event is] impossible without a huge number of specialists and enthusiasts of the entire world football family,” the President said. The Russian leader joined the 68th FIFA Congress on the eve of the tournament.

Major Kremlin Administration Officials Retain Positions as Putin Announces Reshuffle

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has singed decrees appointing Kremlin administration officials, which keep major staff members in their positions. Anton Vaino has been re-appointed as administration chief of staff. All of his deputies, as well as most of the president’s aides and advisers have also retained their positions.

Appointment documents have been published on the Kremlin website on Wednesday.

EU Would Guarantee Nuclear Deal Implementation, Says Mogherini

European Union foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday that the European Union will continue supporting the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

In her speech at the European Parliament, she said that the EU will continue supporting the JCPOA on the simple pragmatic reason "there is no better alternative", according to Business Standard.

She said it is essential for the EU’s security and for the security in the region to continue implementing the agreement, and the EU would guarantee this, regardless of the U.S. withdrawal.

Moscow Warns Washington against Harming Russia

MOSCOW- The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned that Washington's "intrusive desire to harm Russia instead of uniting efforts in countering terrorism can be costly for the American people, who have suffered from this evil many times, according to Sputnik.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry slammed US sanctions imposed on Russian Firm Sovfracht which supplies fuel to Russian aerospace forces participating in fighting terrorism in Syria.

Russian Defense Ministry warns of new fabricated chemical provocation in Deir Ezzor

Moscow -The Russian Defense Ministry has revealed that terrorist organizations have brought canisters containing chlorine to the town of Jafra field in Deir Ezzor province to stage another chemical attack and accuse the Syrian army of it, SANA reported.

The Ministry’s spokesman Major General Igor Konashnikov cited in a press statement ‘confirmed information’ to the effect that terrorist groups, aided and abetted by US special forces, are preparing a new provocation involving toxic agents in Deir Ezzor province.

According to Konashnikov, the planned attack will be filmed and used to justify an aerial shelling by the International Coalition against Syrian governmental targets and terrorist attacks against Syrian army sites in the area.

Qingdao Declaration: No alternatives for political process led by Syrians themselves

Qingdao/ China -  The member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) affirmed the absence of alternatives to a political process to resolve the crisis in Syria, SANA reported.

“The crisis in Syria might be resolved only through an inclusive political process led by the Syrians themselves, which should be conducted in compliance with the UN Security Council’s resolutions and with respect for Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,” according to the SCO’s joint declaration at the end of their summit held in Qingdao, China on Sunday.

Putin: Significant outcomes have been achieved in combating terrorism in Syria

Qingdao, China - Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that the coordinated measures between Russia and the Syrian Government and other partners have led to achieving significant outcomes in the field of combating terrorism in Syria, SANA reported.

In a speech delivered during the plenary session of 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization SCO Summit, President Putin was quoted by Russia today website as saying that the Syrian Government has fulfilled its commitments completely and it has shown readiness for dialogue and that the issue now is left for the “opposition”.

Putin added that priority at Shanghai Organization is given for cooperation for combating terrorism based on adopting programs that define the standards of the joint work in this regard for the three next years and which provide for holding joint trainings and establishing a more solid exchange of experiences and information.