US Provoking Crisis in Region, Says Iran MP

US is seeking to spread regional crisis by supporting the terrorist groups, a senior Iranian lawmaker said.

In spite of the regional countries' positive efforts, the US does not seek resolution of problems but by sponsoring terrorists and adopting measures against Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) aims to spread the regional crises, in particular, the crisis in Syria, Mostafa Kavakebian, a member of Iranian parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said.

International Community Should Join Efforts to Eliminate Terrorism in Syria, Find Political Solution to Crisis: Lavrov

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reiterated that the international community needs to join efforts as to eliminate terrorism in Syria and find a political solution to the crisis in the country.

During an annual meeting with students and academic staff of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy on Friday in Moscow, Lavrov reaffirmed his country's firm support for Syria in its fight to completely eliminate terrorist organizations and to create suitable circumstances for political settlement there.

Cuban Journalists: Imperialism Trying to Implement the Syrian Scenario in Venezuela and Cuba

HAVANA, (ST)- A number of Cuban journalists representing different Cuban media outlets, expressed their confidence about Syria's victory in its war on terrorism, hailing the steadfastness of the Syrian state and people over the past years of the war imposed on them.

During their meeting with the Syrian Ambassador to Cuba Idris Mayya, the journalists said that imperialism is trying now to implement the Syrian scenario in Venezuela and Cuba using the same methods and procedures, particularly imposing sanctions on governments which don't obey and implement the American dictates.

Zakharova: Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists Continue to Attack Civilians, Army Personnel in Hama and Idleb

MOSCOW, (ST)- The terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra continue their provocations and attacks against civilians and Syrian army personnel in the Syrian provinces of Hama and Idleb, Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said in a briefing on Thursday.

Sputnik quoted Zakharova as saying that these attacks are being launched from the de-escalation area in Idleb and they have victimized many civilians and soldiers.

Different terrorist groups, most of them are affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra, including "Jaish al-Ezza" and "Turkistan Islamic party", have positions in Hama and Idleb and they repeatedly launch attacks on safe areas and military positions in Hama northern countryside.

Julian Assange Arrested after Ecuador Tears up Asylum Deal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last six years. That's after Ecuador's president Moreno withdrew asylum, RT reported.

The arrest came a day after WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson claimed that an extensive spying operation was conducted against Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy. During an explosive media conference Hrafnsson alleged that the operation was designed to get Assange extradited.

Assange's relationship with Ecuadorian officials appeared increasingly strained since the current president came to power in the Latin American country in 2017. His internet connection was cut off in March of last year, with officials saying the move was to stop Assange from "interfering in the affairs of other sovereign states."

US Ready to Prolong New START with Russia, 'if We Can Get the Deal Right', Says Pompeo

WASHINGTON - Washington will agree to prolong the Russian-US treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START), if the two sides make a deal that suits both sides, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said on Wednesday.

"There is large compliance with the new START. On both sides there are some arguments on edges, but largely the Russians and the United States have been compliant.

We are at the very beginning of conversations of renewing that. If we can get the deal right, if we can make sure it fits 2021 and beyond, President Trump has made very clear that if we can get a good solid arms control agreement, we ought to get one," Pompeo said during hearings at the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee.

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Astana Talks Should Continue to Be Held to Solve Crisis in Syria: Slovak Foreign Minister

NUR-SULTAN, (ST)- Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs, the current President the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Miroslav Lajčák has affirmed the importance of the continuity of Astana process to resolve the crisis in Syria.

The Slovak News Agency quoted Lajčák as saying following talks with Chairperson of the Senate of Kazakhstan Dariga Nazarbayeva in the Kazakh Capital Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), that “Astana talks have greatly contributed to progress in the process of finding a political solution to this crisis.”

On her part, Nazarbayeva said “collective efforts should continue to be exerted as to implement the results of Astana meetings”.

Allegations of Moscow's Interference into Brexit Referendum Campaign "Fake, Says Diplomat

LONDON - Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko has refuted allegations of Moscow's interference into the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign and into US presidential elections.

In an interview with SkyNews broadcast on Monday, Yakovenko said that those allegations were "fake."

Talking about Russia's broader relationship with the UK, the ambassador said it was "thawing but there was some way to go."

Yakovenko indicated that Russia would consider a trade deal with the UK after Britain leaves the European Union. "We are open for cooperation," he said.

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