Situation in Syria Significantly Improved: Putin

MOSCOW- The situation in Syria has significantly improved, with the terrorists having suffered significant losses, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed.

He made the remarks on Saturday during the talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

He also noted that a significant progress in the settlement of the crisis in Syria was reached.

The Russian president highly appreciated the positions of all partners taking part in the negotiating process on Syria

Putin hailed the recent developments in the bilateral Russian-Turkish relations.

"Much work has been recently done both for the comprehensive development of the bilateral relations and for solving a number of issues interesting for us," the Russian leader said.

Putin, Trump Meet at G20 Summit, Discuss Syria, Ukraine, Fight against Terrorism

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have held a much-anticipated first meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany, which lasted more than two hours.

According to RT, the meeting in Hamburg was initially planned to last for around 30-40 minutes, international media reported earlier in the day.

The situation in Syria, the Ukraine as well as cyber security were discussed at the meeting, the Russian president told reporters after his talks with Trump ended.

"We've had a very long discussion with the US president. Many issues accrued, including Ukraine, Syria and other problems, as well as some bilateral issues," Putin said.

"Fighting terrorism, cyber security" were also on the table, the Russian leader added.

Moscow Awaits ‘No-Fly Zones’ Clarification from US – Lavrov

Russia says it has asked the US to provide more details about its proposal to work together with Moscow to set up “no-fly zones” in Syria.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had on Wednesday said Washington was “prepared to explore the possibility of establishing with Russia joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones” in Syria.

 A day later, his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov said, “We have asked (for information). We haven’t yet received a response to the question about which no-fly zones they have in mind, because no-one was ever talking about them.

Zakharova Warns of Chemical Provocations by Terrorists in Syria for Grounding US Strikes

MOSCOW- Terrorists groups in Syria are preparing provocations with the use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta to ground the US airstrikes on the positions of the Syrian Arab army, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday, according to Itar Tass.

"According to the available information, Syrian terrorist groups are planning staged provocations with the use of chemical weapons to ground the US airstrikes on the positions of Syrian army  forces," she said.

Iran, France Call for resolving Crisis in Syria through Dialogue

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari met on Wednesday with French special representative to Syria Frank Jillette on the latest developments in the country.

During the meeting, both sides underlined that political means will be the only solution to come out of the current crisis in Syria.

German Chancellor Slams Trump’s 'Winners - Losers' View of Global Affairs

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has strongly criticized the administration of President Donald Trump for adopting policies based on a "winners and losers" view of the global affairs rather than on cooperation.

Merkel made the remarks in an interview with Die Zeit weekly on Wednesday, ahead of the upcoming G20 summit due to be held in Hamburg on Friday.

Germany hosts the two-day meeting of the leaders of the world’s 20 major economies, as the agenda of the summit covers controversial issues such as free trade and climate change.

Putin, Trump to Discuss Crisis in Syria at G20 Meeting: Kremlin

The long-awaited meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, is expected to lay the groundwork for a working dialogue, which is vital for resolving the world’s conflicts, the Kremlin said.

 “This is the first meeting, the first encounter of the two presidents, this is the main thing in this meeting,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday, commenting on the Kremlin’s expectations for the upcoming meeting between Putin and Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 7.

'Many Gaps' in OPCW Report on Idlib Incident as Mission Failed to Visit Site

MOSCOW- The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mission into alleged April's chemical incident in Syrian Idlib has failed to establish what happened in the province as it never visited the site of the incident or the airbase from which the alleged attack was carried out, Permanent Russian Representative to OPCW Alexander Shulgin said.