Lavrov: Terrorism most dangerous threat in Middle East, may trigger new wave of dissolution of states

JEDDAH- Terrorism is the most dangerous threat in the Middle East that can trigger a new wave of dissolution of states in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during an official visit to Saudi Arabia, according to the Voice of Russia.

" As a priority, all efforts must be directed to prevent terrorists from prevailing in the region," he added.

Putin Supports Ceasefire in Ukraine, Calls for Peace Talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin supported Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko’s order to cease fire in the south-east of the country and his intention to take concrete steps towards peaceful settlement of the crisis in the region, the presidential press service said on Saturday.

Del Ponte: Terrorist Acts by Extremist groups, foreign Mercenaries cause Great Suffering for the Syrian People

GENEVA,(ST)_ Member of the UN International Inquiry Commission on Syria Carla Del Ponte stressed that the terrorist acts carried out by extremist groups in Syria, such as " al-Nusra Front, the state of Iraq and the Levant" and foreign mercenaries, who kill, torture and besiege cities, cause great suffering for the Syrian people, that no one can endure.

In interview with Itar-Tass today De Ponte said that "the spread of radical terrorist groups seeking to establish an Islamic state in Syria continues to increase, reaching far about 700 groups, but with no unified command for them."

Lavrov: International terrorism steps up in Middle East

BAKU, (ST)_Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said stepping up of international terrorism in the Middle East poses a threat to the world.

“We exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East. International terrorism has stepped up actions in Syria and Iraq. Firstly, we are close to this troublesome region. Secondly, those who fill their ranks won’t calm down. This poses a threat to everyone,” Lavrov said at talks with Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mamedyarov on Wednesday.

The fight against this evil is “our common task. We agreed to step up contacts in this field”, Lavrov said.

Churkin: Humanitarian resolution on Syria may be put to vote at UNSC on June 19

THE UNITED NATIONS- A humanitarian resolution on Syria may be put to the vote at the UN Security Council on June 19, Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Ambassador to the UN, told journalists on Tuesday, according to Itar Tass.

Churkin said if the Western members of the UNSC agree to the Russia-proposed formula for the deliveries of humanitarian aid, the formula which envisages the opening of four border-crossing stations on Syria's borders, a final version of the text would be introduced in the course of the day. "In case of consent, we shall vote for it the day after tomorrow (June 19)," he said.

Churkin pointed out that Damascus had already agreed to open border-crossing stations within the scope of the Russia-proposed concept.


Russian Marines, Paratroops Begin Military Training in Kaliningrad

Russian marines and paratroops have started training exercises against enemy reconnaissance and sabotage groups and against militants during a current exercise in Russia's westernmost region, reports Interfax citing the Defense Ministry.

"Units of the coastal forces of the Baltic Fleet and troops from the Pskov Airborne Division that were airlifted by Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft to the site of the exercise in Kaliningrad region have started training the tactical action of looking for, detecting, blockading and destroying reconnaissance and sabotage groups," the ministry said in a statement.

Lavrov: Iraq developments show total failure of American-British 'adventure'

The events in Iraq are a result of the actions carried out by the US and the UK, and the situation has spiraled out of control, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists.

“It has been reported that the UK foreign minister declared that the events in Iraq are, according to him, an illustration that terrorism is rampant in the region due to the absence of reconciliation in Syria,” Lavrov said as quoted by RT.

Southeast Self-Defense Will Reciprocate If Kiev Ends Military Operation, Says Lavrov

The southeastern self-defense forces in Ukraine will reciprocate if Kiev ends the military operation against them, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "An end to the military operation against protesters is the key to the settlement, in our opinion. If this is done the people you call separatists will reciprocate," he said after informal talks with his German and Polish counterparts in St. Petersburg.