Putin and Nazarbayev discuss preparations for upcoming talks on crisis in Syria


Moscow – President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed on Friday preparations for the upcoming talks on crisis in Syria which will take place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, SANA reported.

The Kremlin said in a statement on Friday that the two President focused during a phone call on issues related to the talks due to be held in Astana on the peaceful settlement for the crisis in Syria.

Russian Foreign Ministry: Attacking Russian Embassy in Damascus reaffirms the urgent need for prompt elimination of terrorism

Damascus - The Russian Embassy in Damascus has been shelled by armed terrorist groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta, Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry said, in a statement, that one of the shells fell in the courtyard of the compound of the Russian diplomatic mission’s administrative buildings and fortunately did not explode, while the second shell fell in the close vicinity to its territory, adding that combat engineers have been involved to defuse unexploded ordnance, SANA reported.

Lavrov to de Mistura: Politicization of humanitarian issues in Syria by some UN officials should be stopped


Moscow – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed on Wednesday the need to stop the politicization of humanitarian issues in Syria by some UN staff regarding the publishing of false information about the humanitarian situation in Aleppo and exploiting this information to inflame the hostile rhetoric against the Syrian government, SANA reported.

A statement issued by Russian Foreign Ministry said that Lavrov stressed during a phone call with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on the need to immediately stop the politicization of humanitarian issues.

“Instead of the attempts to make unilateral judgments about the situation with civilians in Aleppo, the relevant services of the UN Secretariat and some UN Security Council members instigating them should join the real delivery of humanitarian aid to that and other districts of Syria – something that employees of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Sides have long been doing in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO),” statement said.

Russian Defense Ministry: More than 45 tons of Christmas gifts from Russian to Syrian children to be sent

oscow – The Russian Foreign Ministry said that it will send more than 45 tons of Christmas gifts for the Syrian children.

A statement published by the Information Department at the Russian Defense Ministry said that children of Kursk and Vologda collected for their fellow children in Syria a lot of gifts that include different sorts of traditional toys, post cards, and school supplies as part of the program “From the Russian Children to the Children in Syria,” SANA reported.

Kazakh President says his country ready to host talks on Syria

Moscow - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed his country’s readiness to receive all parties involved in the talks on the crisis in Syria in the Kazakh capital of Astana and to provide all necessary conditions for that, SANA reported.

During a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, Nazarbayev said that he spoke on Sunday with Turkish and Iranian counterparts, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani.

“They all agree, we will create all the conditions for them to work and meet.”

Russia says it has documented evidence of war crimes committed by terrorists in Aleppo eastern neighborhoods

Moscow - Russian Defense Ministry affirmed on Monday that there are documents confirming that terrorist organizations committed war crimes against the locals in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city.

In a statement published by RT website and reported by SANA, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov pointed out that all the war crimes committed by terrorists in Syria’s Aleppo are being carefully documented and will be made public.

He added that mass graves of civilians who had been tortured and massacred by gunmen were found in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city, with many corpses found with missing body parts, and most had gunshot wounds to the head.

Russia: New US sanctions meant to punish Russia for supporting Syria

Moscow - Russian Foreign Ministry said that the new US sanctions against some Russian figures aim to punish Russia for the support it has provided to the Syrian government in the fight terrorism, SANA reported.

“The new US sanctions adopted by the outgoing US President Barack Obama are detrimental to the US interests only,” Sputnik quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying in a statement Saturday.

“This widening of American sanctions against Russia … at a time when the bloody attacks in Ankara and Berlin should bring reasonable people together to fight the terrorist threat shows that Washington has completely lost its grip on reality. Nonetheless, the outgoing Obama administration has set out, in the past few years, to vigorously search for ways to harm Moscow. But this had not happened the way they wanted it,” the ministry added.

China affirms necessity of reaching political solution for crisis in Syria


Beijing - China reaffirmed the necessity of reaching a political solution for the crisis in Syria and its support for resuming the Syrian-Syrian dialogue in Geneva.

During a press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying expressed her country’s welcome of the results of the tripartite meeting held in Moscow on Tuesday which brought together the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian and Turkish counterparts Mohammad Javad Zarif and Mevlut Cavusoglu, SANA reported.