Turkey Runs Informer Network in Austria to Target Critics: MP

A senior Austrian lawmaker has accused Turkey of running an informer network via its embassy in Vienna aimed at targeting the critics of President of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyip Erdogan and promoting his policies.

On Tuesday, Peter Pilz, from the Austrian Greens party, said at a news conference that he had sent documents regarding the activities of the network, run by the umbrella group ATIB, to the police, according to Press TV.

The ATIB is headed by the religion attaché at Turkey's embassy, Fatih Mehmet Karadas, and oversees the activities of dozens of mosques across Austria.

HRW Damages Reputation with Report on Chemical Weapons in Syria: Russian Defense ministry

MOSCOW- A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleging that the Syrian army used chemical weapons in Aleppo in 2016 is damaging further the organization's reputation, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said.

"Such reports prepared by laymen with reference to the data of social networks and stories by unknown anonymous witnesses over the phone are destroying further the already ambiguous reputation of Human Rights Watch," the general said, Itar Tass reported.

Peskov: Terrorists Continue Destroying Monuments of Human Civilization in Syria

MOSCOW — The Kremlin hopes that sooner or later the historical monuments of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra will be liberated from terrorists, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

"Unfortunately, barbarians-terrorists continue destroying monuments of human civilization, it is regrettable. We hope that sooner or later the historic sites will ultimately be liberated from… these barbarians," Peskov told reporters, according to Sputnik.

Putin, Trump to Meet at G20 Summit in July, No Deal Yet on Earlier Meeting – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are so far scheduled to meet in person at the G20 summit in July, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, noting that there has been no specific arrangement for the meeting to take place earlier.

 “We have no specific information regarding the possible meeting between Putin and Trump so far, we have not even considered the dates yet. Assuming that there is a G20 summit in July this year, one way or the other the presidents will meet there, but, as you know, there has been talk about the possibility of an earlier meeting. So far there is nothing specific in this regard,” Peskov told the press on Monday, according to RT.

Lavrov: Fighting Terrorism in Syria Needs More Cooperation with Concerned Parties

MOSCOW- Russia expects to establish closer interaction with Washington in the struggle against terrorism in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.

"It is precisely from the anti-terror position that we expect to establish close interaction on Syria - much more effective with the administration of [US President] Donald Trump, considering his absolutely definite approaches to terrorism as an absolute evil," Russia’s top diplomat said, according to Itar Tass.

"This criterion and core point unites all of us," Lavrov said.

Political Solution Necessary to End Terrorism in Syria: UN Chief

Political solution supported by the Syrian people is necessary to end terrorism and extremism in  Syria, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has stressed.

Guterres made the remarks in Istanbul on Saturday during a meeting with President of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Press TV reported.

Gavrilov: Change of Constitution in Syria Must be Made through Syrian People's Proposal and Approval

Member of the Communist Party of Russia Sergey Gavrilov has underscored that his country's proposed ideas on "draft constitution" for Syria aims to speed up progress towards a political solution and to maintain Syria's unity.

Speaking to the Syrian official "al-Baath" newspaper, Gavrilov described the talk of change in Russia's attitudes towards Syria after Astana meeting as ‘groundless’ and ‘mere illusions’.

“Russia rejects intervention in the internal affairs of other countries under any pretext. So we believe that change of constitution in Syria must be made through the Syrian people’s proposal and approval,” he clarified, pointing out that the most important point in any constitution is the emphasis on the unity of Syria.

Pentagon Claims It Didn't Supplied Terrorist Groups in Syria with Shoulder-Fired Air Defense Systems

WASHINGTON, (ST)- The Pentagon on Friday claimed that it hasn't supplied shoulder-fired air defense systems (Manpad) to armed terrorist groups, which call themselves "Syrian opposition", after the former US President Barack Obama lifted a ban on supplying such kind of weapons, a SANA report said.

On December 8, 2016, Obama announced lifting ban on supplying arms, ammunitions and military equipments to "allies of the United States in Syria" allegedly to fight terrorism.