Update on Syrian Chemical Weapons Destruction and the Fact-Finding Mission into Alleged Chlorine Gas Attacks

Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü briefed the OPCW Executive Council on Wednesday on progress in the work of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria. While welcoming the complete destruction by Syrian authorities of all declared stocks of isopropanol he stressed the urgency of removal of the remaining chemicals from the Syrian Arab Republic so that destruction operations can begin without further delay.

Russian Foreign Ministry Condemns Explosions In China's Urumqi

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned Thursday's terrorist attack in the Chinese city of Urumqi and has extended condolences to the families and friends of its victims. "We resolutely condemn this bloody crime. The Russian side is sincerely interested in further enhancing Russian-Chinese cooperation in the fight against all forms of terrorism and extremism. We offer our profound condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those injured," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.

Putin, Merkel Hope Dialogue Between Kiev, Regions Will Continue

President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have held talks by telephone on the German side's initiative, the Kremlin press service reported on Monday. "The Russian and German leaders discussed the crisis in Ukraine, including in the context of the presidential elections set for May 25.

Kiev Willing To Cooperate With Moscow to Stabilize Situation At Border

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent a note to Moscow offering to carry out a set of mutual actions at the border regions between two countries in order to stabilize the situation there. According to Kiev, this is due to a sharp increase in activity of cross-border criminal groups there.

"Russian side is invited to immediately participate in a set of mutual actions on the state border and in the border regions in order to stabilize the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian state border. The lack of response from Russian side would be treated by Ukraine as a violation of obligations affirmed by appropriate bilateral agreements," says the statement.

May 11 Referendums Should Be Treated As Signals Of Deep Ukraine Statehood Crisis - Moscow

Moscow believes that the May 11 referendums held in Ukraine's Donetsk and Lugansk regions should be treated a signal confirming the presence of a deep crisis in Ukraine. "The referendums recently held in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine should be perceived as a clear signal to Kiev indicating a deep crisis of mutual understanding, [a crisis] of Ukraine's own statehood in the broad sense of the word," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a meeting of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and head of the European Union Delegation to Russia Vygaudas Usackas.

Putin, OSCE Chairman-in-Office Note Importance Of Establishing Dialogue Between Kiev, Southeastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Swiss President, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chairman-in-Office Didier Burkhalter have discussed the Ukrainian issue on the telephone. "Following the meeting held in Moscow on May 7, the discussion of the situation in Ukraine was continued taking into account the referendum results in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions," the Kremlin press office said.

Revoke passports of Britons fighting Syria: MPs

A group of UK lawmakers have called on London to revoke the passports of the British nationals travelling to fight against the government in Syria along with foreign-backed Takfiri militants.

In a report on counter-terrorism, British MPs from the Home Affairs Committee of the parliament’s House of Commons said on Thursday that revoking passports is an essential tool to stop Britons from travelling to join the Takfiri fight against the Syrian government.

Washington Sends Missiles To Terrorists In Syria

The US is sending missiles to terrorists in Syria  as part of a “pilot program” to strengthen the militant groups, American media reveals. Addressing criticism the US is arming extremist militants, Washington claims its weapons will not "fall into the wrong hands".

Washington’s new initiative aims to find out whether it can supply opposition forces in Syria with weapons "without them falling into the hands of extremists", American officials told USA Today on condition of anonymity.