Pushkov Denied Allegations on Negotiations with Saudi Arabia to Change Moscow Stance on Syria

MOSCOW, (ST)_ Head of the international affairs committee in the Russian Duma Alexei Pushkov denied allegations reported in the New York Times on negotiations between Russia and Saudi Arabia about Moscow's position on Syria, describing the article published by the newspaper in this regard as "false."

Russia Today(RT) online quoted  Pushkov as saying in a comment on his Twitter account yesterday, “that there were no negotiations on reducing Saudi oil production for Moscow’s abandoning for the Syrian leadership,” adding “this is a mere lie.”

Tehran, Moscow to Increase Cooperation on Nuclear Issue

Moscow– A senior Iranian foreign ministry official said that Tehran and Moscow are going to increase cooperation on Iran’s nuclear negotiations.

Deputy for the ministry for political and security affairs Hamid Baeedinezhad said that Iranian and Russian parties have agreed to expand cooperation on the present stage of nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1.

According to international information agency RossiyaSegodnya, he noted that there are no agreements yet on the next round of talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

The Iranian official arrived in Moscow on Wednesday leading a delegation to discuss Iran’s nuclear talks with Russian officials.

OSCE SMM to Ukraine Calls for Humanitarian Corridor in Affected Areas

The head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) on Wednesday called on all sides of the Ukrainian conflict to facilitate and support the truce to allow for creation of humanitarian corridors in areas affected by deadly military action.

The head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) on Wednesday urged all sides of the Ukrainian conflict to establish a temporary truce that would allow for creation of humanitarian corridors in areas affected by deadly military action, especially around the contested town of Debaltseve.

Moscow Urges Kiev to Continue Dialogue with Militiamen

Moscow is calling on Kiev to continue dialogue with Eastern Ukrainian militiamen, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said while commenting on a statement by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry that Kiev is expecting Russia to react to the disruption of the Minsk talks.

"I can’t comment on (statements by) representatives of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, they are making many statements, which later turn out to be untrue," Lavrov said.

Canadian and British police have dismantled two ISIL terrorist

Authorities are holding 25-year-old Awso Peshdary in the capital city of Ottawa, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Assistant Commissioner James Malizia on Tuesday, adding, “We were able to disrupt an organized network associated with IS (ISIL).”

Press.tv reported that Ottawa also issued international warrants through Interpol for the arrest of Khadar Khalib, 23, and John Maguire, 24, in joining the ISIL Takfiri group and encouraging others to follow suit.

8 held in France over terror affiliations

French authorities have arrested eight people on suspicion of involvement in a network to send fighters to join Islamic extremists in Syria, the interior minister said today.

According to the times of Malta, France is on alert after 20 people were killed in the deadliest terrorist attacks in decades.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the eight were arrested in the Paris and Lyon areas today. He added that there is no suspected link to the January 7-9 attacks.

Lavrov: More Syrian “Opposition” Representatives Express Willingness to Be Invited to next Round of Consultations in Moscow

BEIJING-MOSCOW- Representatives of some Syrian opposition forces, who have not come for a meeting in Moscow, want to participate in the Moscow process, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday, according to Itar Tass.

He stressed that that echoes from the recently held Moscow Consultative meeting were positive.

Dujarric: UN Supports Russian Efforts to Attain Political Settlement in Syria

NEW YORK-The United Nations supports all attempts to attain political settlement in Syria, including Russia’s important and continuous efforts exerted to hold the Moscow Consultative Meeting, UN Chief Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday in his daily press conference.

Dujarric pointed out that UN representatives are constantly contacting their Russian colleagues within the framework of the Russians’ “important and continuous efforts” to hold inter-Syrian dialogue.