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.

Lavrov Didn’t Deliver Anything from Putin to Trump, Says Presidential Aid

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin did not exchange any messages through Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov when he met Trump in Washington DC, the Russian presidential aide Ushakov confirmed.

Yury Ushakov on Thursday addressed journalists, rejecting earlier reports about Lavrov passing on a message.

During his three-day visit to Washington Lavrov held talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump. Moscow has welcomed the results of the talks, but noted that it is “too early to draw any conclusions” as huge work is still ahead, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

U.S. Weapons Will Soon Flow to "Kurdish Fighters" in Syria

WASHINGTON-US military spokesman said on Wednesday that Washington will soon start sending weapons shipments to "Kurdish fighters in northern Syria."

Despite strenuous objections from Turkish officials, the Trump administration on Monday granted the Defense Department authority to arm the "People’s Protection Units" or YPG, which US defense officials believe is "capable of defeating ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa."

Czech Official: Time Has Come to End Crisis in Syria

Deputy Speaker of Czech's Parliament has said the time has come to work seriously to defeat the ISIS terrorist organization and to end the crisis in Syria through political solution and reconstruction process.

Vojtěch Filip expressed his optimism about the improvement of the situation in the near future, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Lavrov Says His Talks with Trump Focused on Political Settlement, De-Escalation Zones in Syria

WASHINGTON- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a press conference in the Russian embassy in Washington DC following his meeting with US President Donald Trump and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday, May 10.

Lavrov said he had discussed bilateral cooperation between the US and Russia with US President Trump and State Secretary Tillerson. He said that Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict have also been discussed, according to Sputnik.