Shamanov: Humanitarian Situation in al-Rukban Camp Requires Urgent Solution

MOSCOW- Head of the Defense Committee of Russia’s State Duma Vladimir Shamanov  stressed that the humanitarian situation of those held by the US occupation forces in al-Rukban camp in al-Tanf area is difficult and requires a quick solution, according to SANA.

Shamanov, in a statement on Friday, said that the modern means of surveillance showed how people in the 21st century are being tortured and abused.

He added that Russia will not ignore that anymore, stressing that his country is strong and will no longer allow the existence of a unipolar world.

The US occupation forces are forcibly holding thousands of civilians in al-Rukban camp.

Iran welcomes 'overwhelming' opposition against US sanctions

Rasht - The Iranian president says the tide has turned against the US politics as for the first time during the last 40 years, an overwhelming majority of countries are against the sanctions reimposed by Washington on Tehran.

“It’s true that we are sanctioned, but let’s know this fact that since the victory of the Revolution, this is the first time that there are only some countries that favour the sanctions,” Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, adding, “An overwhelming majority of the world countries are against them (sanctions)”. He was addressing local government officials in the northern Iranian Province of Gilan, according to IRNA.

Putin Calls for New Tactics to Fight Terrorism

MOSCOW- Proponents of terrorism have preserved the potential for launching new attacks so counterterrorism efforts should be strengthened, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, Itar Tass reported.

"Terrorists have kept the potential for plotting acts of terror, as the circumstance demonstrates, both here and in other countries," the president said. "Organized groups or diehard, fanatical lone-wolves can be behind such crimes," Putin noted.

"New forms and methods of countering such threats should be used," he stressed, according to Tass.

EU, Russia, China Reaffirm Support for Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran says the remaining signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal have reaffirmed their “strong support” for the Islamic Republic despite the United States' decision to unilaterally leave the agreement last year.

Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister, said Wednesday that Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany had “acknowledged that the deal can only survive if Iran can receive the benefits of the deal,” and remain committed to keeping it in effect.

Araghchi made the remarks in Vienna, the Austrian capital, after a high-stakes meeting of the with representatives from the remaining signatories to the landmark deal, known as the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the JCPOA, according to Press TV.

Venezuela Names German Ambassador ‘Persona Non Grata’ for ‘Interference in Its Internal Affairs’

The Venezuelan authorities have declared the German ambassador Daniel Kriener persona non grata over what it called “interference into its internal affairs."

Germany’s envoy has become the first European diplomat to be expelled from the Latin American state amid the ongoing escalation of tensions between Caracas and Washington and its allies, supporting a self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido, who challenges the rule of elected leader Nicolas Maduro, RT reported.

“Venezuela considers it is unacceptable that a foreign diplomat … plays a public role on its territory, which is more typical for a political leader, who clearly supports the conspiracy agenda of the extremist parts of the Venezuelan opposition,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement explaining its decision.

Turkey Cannot Become an EU Member, Says EPP's Weber

PASSAU, Germany - Turkey cannot become a member of the European Union, said Manfred Weber, the European Peoples Party’s (EPP) lead candidate for the upcoming European elections, adding that he would end accession talks if he becomes European Commission president.

Turkey says EU membership remains one of its top strategic goals even though accession talks, formally launched in 2004, have been stalled for years.

Weber, the center-right EPP candidate to be EU Commission President after European Parliament elections in May, told German conservatives in Bavaria “everyone wants good relations with Turkey; everyone wants to work closely together”.

US-UK Relationship Will Prosper after Brexit, Says US Ambassador

The US ambassador to the UK says London’s relationship with Washington is more important than ever and will prosper as Britain exits the European Union, according to Press T.V.

In an interview with BBC Radio on Wednesday, Woody Johnson said the chances of a future trade deal between the two countries should not be damaged by false concerns over US farming practices, which he said had been largely driven by the European Union.

"I have confidence that whatever way you decide to go that the US and our special relationship will continue and prosper, no matter what," he said.

Russia and EU Can Develop Relations despite US Efforts to Prevent This, Says Medvedev

MOSCOW - The European Union (EU) remains an important partner for Russia, and there are no objective obstacles for developing bilateral relations despite US efforts to hamper them, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Luxemburger Wort newspaper ahead of his visit to Luxembourg.

"I can say with confidence that the EU has been and remains an important trade and economic partner for us. Despite existing difficulties and persistent US attempts to slow down the development of our relations, I am sure that there are no objective obstacles for constructive cooperation between Russia and the EU," Medvedev said. He added that Russia and the EU have so many historical, cultural, economic and geographical ties that there is only one path for them, and that is a path of cooperation.