Syria’s New Political, Military Realities Create Conditions for Defeat of Daesh, Jabhat al-Nusra

MOSCOW- New military-political realties in Syria create conditions for the final defeat of the terrorist groups Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra, outlawed in Russia, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing, according to Itar Tass.

 "Syria’s army forces have completed the first phase of a large-scale operation in the Syrian desert," she said. "Government forces have approached the Iraqi border."

 "There is the certainty the new realities create conditions for the ultimate defeat of the so called Islamic State and Nusra," she added.

Russia to Respond Adequately to US Sanctions Expansion

Moscow will not leave unanswered the possible expansion of US sanctions against Russia, a senior Russian lawmaker told Sputnik on Wednesday.

The US Senate approved earlier on Wednesday by an overwhelming majority a measure that would expand sanctions on Russia and limit the president’s ability to lift restrictions, Sputnik reported.

"We need to wait for the final decision by the Congress, to see the reaction of US President Donald Trump, but if the law is passed we will certainly not leave this move unanswered," said Vladimir Dzhabarov, the first deputy chairman of the Russian parliament upper house's International Affairs Committee.

The sanctions bill passed through the Senate by a vote of 97-2.

Saudi Regime Propagates Violence Ideology, Asserts Czech Analyst

BRATISLAVA,(ST)_Czech political analyst has underscored that Saudi regime, which sponsors fanatical Wahhabism, continues to propagate the ideology of hatred towards other faiths amid American and Western silence .

Peter Takáč said in an article published Monday by Slovakian Pravda newspaper under the title 'Trump's trade in terrorism' that Saudi regime has spent more than $100 billion over the past thirty decades on disseminating the extremist Wahhabi thinking.

Human Rights Watch Urges US-Led Coalition to Respect Human Rights, Protect Civilians in Raqqa

BEIRUT – The United States-led coalition, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and other local armed groups should make protecting civilians and respect for human rights a priority in their offensive allegedly to retake Raqqa from the so-called Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The offensive was announced on June 6, 2017.

On June 9, 2017, the US-led coalition acknowledged using the internationally banned White Phosphorus bombs in its strikes in Syria's Raqqa. A day earlier, the coalition carried out 25 raids on residential neighborhoods in the Syrian city of Raqqa and in several of which it used the internationally white phosphorus rounds, according to social media activists. The airstrikes led to the martyrdom of 17 people including 12 in a raid on an internet Café in al-Jazara area near the Euphrates.

The coalition, which has  been carrying out airstrikes without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate, has committed tens of massacres in Raqqa, Hassaka, Deir Ezzour and Aleppo countryside under the pretext of fighting Daesh inside Syria. Hundreds of civilians were victims of the coalition's airstrikes.

Key human rights priorities for anti-ISIS forces should include: taking all feasible precautions to avoid civilian casualties and investigating unlawful strikes; ensuring that no child soldiers participate in the military operation; respecting detainee rights; providing safe passage to fleeing civilians and providing sufficient support to displaced people; and increasing efforts to survey and clear landmines and explosive remnants of war.

Iran Hopes US Would Pursue Diplomacy in Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif once again emphasized that no military approach could solve the crisis in Syriaand expressed hope that the new US administration would come to the conclusion that the “military option was not the solution [to the issue] and would only lead to the intensification of tension and differences.”

“Iran has always been ready to offer assistance to reach a political solution [for the crisis in Syria],” Zarif added.

Putin Calls 'Russian Day in World' Social, Cultural Event of Int'l Importance

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday said that the Russian Day in the World is a social and cultural event of international importance.

MOSCOW— On June 12, when Russia celebrates its national holiday, a cultural one-day event dubbed the Russian Day in the World is held for the third time. Russian orchestras and choirs will perform at a number of stages in the world, celebrating Russian Day and showing the best of Russian musical art.

Head of Crimea Republic: Syrian People Only to Determine Future of Their Country

YALTA– Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov said on Sunday that the Syrian people alone are to determine the future of their country.

Interviewed by SANA correspondent in Moscow on the sidelines of the International Media Forum opened today in Yalta, Aksyonov added that all peoples have the right to choose their political leaderships and no party has the right to interfere in the internal affairs of independent sovereign states.

Lavrov Calls for Concrete Measures to Prevent Repeating US-Led Coalition's Strikes on Syrian Army

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday expressed the "strong disagreement" over the US-led coalition's airstrikes against the Syrian Arab army.

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a phone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday strongly disagreed with the US attack on the Syrian army forces, Russian Foreign Ministry said, according to Sputnik.

"The parties exchanged assessments of the situation in Syria, confirmed the intention to strengthen cooperation in order to end the conflict in this country. Lavrov expressed strong disagreement with the US strikes against pro-government forces, called for concrete measures to prevent similar incidents in the future," the ministry said.