Brexit: EU’s Juncker Says There’s No Way to Have Unilateral Exit from Backstop

There is no budging on the Withdrawal Agreement - a message delivered by the Irish PM and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker during a press conference in Brussels.

EU chief Juncker confirmed that the EU 27 stands in solidarity with Ireland, and there can't be no compromise no changing of the Brexit deal. He added that the British PM Theresa May, who he will be meeting on Thursday, knows the EU is not willing to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement.

"Brexit is not a bilateral question between the Republic of Ireland and the UK… It's a European issue and that's why we cannot accept the idea that the withdrawal agreement could be reopened. The backstop is part of the withdrawal agreement and we cannot reopen the discussion on the backstop. She knows that the Commission is not prepared to reopen the issue," Juncker said.

Zarif to Trump: Iranians, Including Jews, Celebrating 40 Years of Progress despite U.S. Pressure

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the Iranians are commemorating 40 years of progress despite the U.S. pressure.

“Iranians-including our Jewish compatriots—are commemorating 40 yrs. of progress despite US pressure, just as @realDonaldTrump again makes accusations against us @ #SOTU2019. US hostility has led it to support dictators, butchers & extremists, who’ve only brought ruin to our region,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

‘Read the Constitution,’ US Senators Told after Pro-Zionist Move

US senators in favor of a pro-Zionist bill passed in the upper chamber of US Congress are urged to “read the Constitution.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) denounced the Senate’s Tuesday vote to pass legislation in an attempt to stop contracts with supporters of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“Today, the Senate chose politics over the Constitution and trampled on the First Amendment rights of all Americans,” said the rights group.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) rushed to applaud the pro-Israel measure.

Putin: Capital Amnesty Can Be Extended by One Year for Certain Categories of Businessmen

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested extending for one year the capital amnesty for businessmen planning to re-domicile to special administrative areas in Russia.

"The capital amnesty can be extended by one more year at the least for citizens transferring their funds in Russia and register their business in special administrative areas with particular legal conditions for companies returning to the Russian jurisdiction," Putin said.

Such special administrative areas have been established on the Oktyabrsky Island in the Kaliningrad Region and on the Russky Island in Vladivostok, the President said.

Former Slovak PM Urges His Country to Reopen Its Embassy in Damascus

BRATISLAVA, (ST)- Foremer Slovak Prime MInister Jan Carnogursky has called on his country's administration to end it subordination to the United States' policies and rebuild good relations with Syria.

In an article published by the Slovak "Lavni Zebravi" website on Tuesday, Carnogursky renewed his call on the Slovak government to reopen its embassy in Damascus in order to serve its interests and to avoid being the last to seek negotiation on this matter.

Venezuela to Revise Ties with EU States over Guaido Support

The Venezuelan government has lashed out at some member states of the European Union (EU) over their move to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the leader of the Latin American country, Press TV reported.

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday that the government would reconsider diplomatic ties with 13 EU members over the matter, accusing them of signing up on a coup plot by Washington to topple President Nicolas Maduro.

Lavrov: Guarantors of Astana Process on Syria to Hold Summit in Sochi on February 14th

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says a planned meeting of the presidents of the three guarantor states of Astana process on Syria will be held in the Russian resort city of Sochi on February 14.

“The prospects for a settlement in Syria will be considered within a week to 10 days, i.e. on February 14, in the upcoming summit of the presidents of Russia, Iran, and Turkey in Sochi,” the top Russian diplomat said during a speech he delivered to the students of the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, in Kyrgyzstan’s capital city, Bishkek, on Monday, according to Press TV.

Venezuela Fires Back at Trump's Remarks on Military Option, Says Its Ready to Repel any Aggression

Venezuelans stay ready to repel a military assault whenever it comes, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez has said. She was firing back at US President Donald Trump’s remark that a military invasion is “an option” in Venezuela, Rt reported.

Speaking to the Russian media on Sunday, Rodriguez said Venezuela considers Trump’s remark “unacceptable”. If an attack is mounted on the country’s sovereignty, its army and people are fully prepared to retaliate, she stressed, calling the matter of the nation’s independence non-negotiable.

“The sovereignty is not discussed, it is defended,” she stressed., according to RT.