Zasypkin Urges Unifying International Efforts to Save Humanity from Terrorism

 BEIRUT, (ST)- Russia's Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin has affirmed the need to unify international efforts to save humanity from terrorism, pointing out that his country has a strategic view to solve the crisis in both Syria and Ukrain through national dialogue and conformity in society and through enhancing stability and security.

Zasypkin, who was speaking during a ceremony held by the Russian Embassy in Beirut marking the Russian Diplomatic Workers`Day, said "in the process of political settlement in Syria, the Russian diplomacy has sought finding a balance of interests and respecting the rights of other parties."

UN Should Speed up Intra-Syrian Talks in Geneva

Russia Supports de Mistura's Proposal to Resume Intra-Syrian Talks in Geneva on February 20

MOSCOW-Russia hopes that regional partners will provide maximum assistance to the Syrian parties in preparing the meeting in Geneva due to be held on February 20, Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry has announced.

"We support the proposal of UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to resume the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva on February 20," she said in a statement on Thursday.

"We hope our regional partners will provide maximum assistance to the Syrian parties in getting ready for the negotiations," she added, according to Itar Tass.

Bogdanov, Haddad Discusses Preparations for Geneva Talks

MOSCOW- Russian Presidential Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov held talks with Syria’s Ambassador in Moscow Riyad Haddad on Wednesday, discussing preparations for the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, Itar Tass reported.

"There was an exchange of views on development of the situation in Syria and around it, in particular in the context of the first meeting of the Joint Operative Group, set up to ensure the cessation of hostilities, held on February 6. The decision to set it up was taken following the International Conference on Syria Settlement held in Kazakhstan’s capital on January 23-24," the foreign ministry said.

Iran, Russia Convergence in Implementation of JCPOA Outcomes of Talks

 Moscow -Deputy Foreign Ministers of Iran and Russia Abbas Araqchi and Sergei Ryabkov in their Wednesday meeting underlined continuation of convergence between the two countries in implementation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to the final point, IRNA reported.

Senior nuclear negotiators of Iran and Russia in their three-hour discussions, held in Moscow on Wednesday, called importance of continuation of implementation of JCPOA and necessity to practice signatories commitments.

Ryabkov said that JCPOA was the main topics of our discussion, as a factor to stabilize international relations.

Araqchi said that different grounds for cooperation to continue implementation of JCPOA were discussed.

Uliyanov: OPCW's Investigation of Chemical Weapons Usage in Syria Depended on Unreliable Accounts

Moscow expected more from the OPCW in its investigation of chemical weapons usage in Syria and Iraq, the Russian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik.

MOSCOW— Moscow expected more from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in its investigation of chemical weapons use in Syria and Iraq last year, the Russian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik.

"Frankly, we expected more effective work from the OPCW in this direction. Unfortunately, these expectations were not fulfilled," head of the ministry's Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Mikhail Uliyanov said Wednesday, according t the Russian agency.

‘Emotion mustn’t override reason’: Churkin questions Trump’s tensions with Iran & China

Moscow hopes the tensions between the new White House administration, Iran and China will not result in any serious international showdown, the Russian envoy to the UN told RT, adding that the current rhetoric appears to be an emotional response to reality.

Ambassador VitalyChurkin, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, spoke to RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky ahead of the planned meeting between the newly-confirmed US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russian Defense Ministry: Reports about Russia’s airstrikes on Idleb are blatant lie

Moscow – The Russian Defense Ministry denied on Tuesday media reports alleging that the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out an airstrike on the city of Idleb, SANA reported.

“The aircraft of Russia’s Aerospace Forces did not deliver any air strikes on Idleb yesterday, this week or even since early 2017. All the reports on these strikes are blatant lie,” spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

China World’s Largest Solar Power Producer

Reports say China has become the world’s biggest producer of solar energy by installing projects that are already generating 77.42 gigawatts of electricity per year, according to Press T.V.  

A report by emphasized that China officially claimed the title after doubling its installed photovoltaic capacity last year.

“By the end of 2016, China’s capacity hit 77.42 gigawatts, and while this is great in terms of raw numbers, it’s a lot less impressive relative to the country’s massive population,” the report added.

Solar energy represents only one percent of the China’s energy output. However, speculations are rising that this may soon change as China devotes more and more of its attention towards clean energy.