Syria’s Victory on Terrorism Is in the Interest of All Europeans: Czech Politician

PRAGUE, (ST)- Deputy head of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, a communist party in the Czech Republic, Stanislav Grospič has stressed that Syria’s victory over terrorism and the restoration of stability in the country is in the interest of all the Europeans.

Plans of Setting up a “Pseudo-Caliphate” in Syria Have Been Frustrated: Shoigu

KYZYL/Tuva/- Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu called on the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on Wednesday to take part in restoring a peaceful life in Syria.

"Today a major part of the country’s territory has been liberated from militants, and talks are underway with other terrorists on laying down arms. The plans of setting up a pseudo-caliphate have been frustrated. All conditions have been created for a political settlement and Syria’s resurgence as one and undivided state," Shoigu said opening the CIS Defense Ministers’ Council’s meeting, according to Itar Tass.

Shoigu called on his counterparts to take part in restoring peaceful life in Syria.

Germany's Merkel Defends Iran Deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has once again defended the Iran nuclear deal in talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in Europe to persuade its leaders to follow the US and quit the multilateral accord.

“There’s not agreement on every issue,” Merkel said on Monday after meeting with Netanyahu in Berlin, the first destination in Netanyahu’s tour that will also take him to France and the UK.

Merkel further said the UN-backed nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has helped provide “more transparency” on the Iranian nuclear program.

Russian Counter steps against Western Sanctions Not Surprising, Says French Politician

The Russian countermeasures against the countries that have targeted Moscow with sanctions are disappointing but not surprising, a co-president of the Franco-Russian Dialogue Association told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"I think it [the Russian response to the foreign restrictions] is proportional. The principle is normal. There are sanctions from America and Europe against Russia.

If there is no answer from Russia it will be a great surprise… of course I am disappointed by these [Russian] countersanctions but I think it is normal," Thierry Mariani, who is also a member of the French center-right party The Republicans, said on the sidelines of the "Development of Parliamentarism" international forum in Moscow.

EU Confirms Iran Enrichment Plan Not in Nuclear Deal Violation

The European Union says a "first assessment" indicated that Iran's declared intention to increase uranium enrichment capacity did not violate Tehran's commitments under a landmark nuclear agreement it signed with major world powers in 2015.

A spokeswoman for the European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday that Iran's decision did not constitute a breach of the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Putin Signs Law on Countermeasures against US and Its Allies

MOSCOW-Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law stipulating implementation of counter-sanctions against the US and its allies.

The legislation is to be applied to any state or person for “hostile actions” against Russia. It allows Russian authorities to cut international cooperation with foreign states, and to impose import and export restrictions among other countermeasures. Trade embargos will not extended to certain goods, however, that are imported by Russian citizens for personal use, RT reported.

EU, China Share Commitment to Save Nuclear Deal: Mogherini

The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc and China share commitment to preserve a nuclear agreement signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015 and to work for its continuation.

According tp Press TV, Mogherini was speaking at a joint press point with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Brussels on Friday following the EU-China strategic dialogue after the United States' move to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), last month.

US Vetoes UN Resolution on Protecting Palestinians

The United States has vetoed a Kuwait-drafted UN resolution calling for protection of Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

Out of the 15 UN Security Council members, Russia, France and China along with seven others voted in favor of the resolution on Friday, while four including Britain abstained, according to Press TV.

The draft called for "the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in the Gaza Strip."