Russia Urges UNSC to Discuss Terrorists' Crimes in Syria's Kessab

MOSCOW- Russia considers any attempts to justify terrorists’ crimes in Syria absolutely unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said, according to Itar Tass.

 “The UN Security Council has to discuss the attack on the Armenian-inhabited village of Kessab in Syria and give its assessment,” the ministry says.

“We condemn extremists’ actions in Syria. We believe that the Syrian government and the opposition should join efforts to eradicate terrorism on the Syrian land,” the ministry says.

Putin Denounces Black Sea Fleet Agreements With Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law "On the Denouncement of the Agreements Regarding the Deployment of the Russian Black Sea Fleet on the Ukrainian Territory," the Kremlin press service said. The law was passed by the State Duma on March 31, 2014, and approved by the Federation Council on April 1.

"This federal law comes into force from the day of its official publication," the document runs.

Turkish Police Fire Water Cannon And Tear Gas As Thousands Protest Local Election Results

Riot police have used water cannon and tear gas to disperse the thousands-strong crowd of protesters surrounding the Supreme Electoral Council in Ankara. The people demanded a recount of local election results, in which the ruling AKP party narrowly won.

Days after Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) "claimed victory" in a very close race in the capital of Ankara, thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets to protest fraud at the polls.

Lavrov, Kerry Discuss Ukraine Constitutional Reform, Fair Elections

Although expressing different points of view on the roots of Ukraine crisis, Russia and the US have agreed to seek common ground to deescalate tensions and implement necessary reforms, having in mind that Ukrainians themselves should decide their future

 “We have conducted intensive negotiations in the first place, on the crisis in Ukraine,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after four hours of negotiations with his US Secretary of State John Kerry . “We expressed dissenting views on its causes, but agreed to seek common ground to resolve the situation in Ukraine.”

Only Way For Ukraine To Reach Settlement Is To Sign Federal Agreement, Says Lavrov

Russia believes that the only way for Ukraine to reach a settlement is to sign a federal agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the anchor of the News on Saturday with Sergei Brilev TV programme earlier today. "The current developments in Ukraine have resulted from a deep statehood crisis, triggered, among other things, by the inability (I’d hate to think of reluctance) of every next leader coming to power to reconcile the interests of Ukraine’s western region and Ukraine’s South-East", the Russian Foreign Minister said. "This cannot continue that way anymore".

Syria has Enough Wisdom, Determination to Surpass Ongoing War: Patriarch Kirill

MOSCOW- Syria has enough wisdom and determination to surpass the crisis and overcome the war waged against the country and in which foreign mercenaries are taking part, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia for the Russian Orthodox Church said yesterday.

Patriarch Kirill, was speaking with Riyad Hadda, Syria's Ambassador in Moscow, thanked the Syrian government for being keen to get the nuns, abducted by armed groups from Tecla Monastery in Maaloul, released.

"I would like to thank President Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian government for playing a decisive role in releasing the nuns," he said.

Moscow Demands That Kiev Secure Work Of Russian Missions In Ukraine – Foreign Ministry

Moscow has urged the regime in Kiev to secure normal operation and safeguard Russia’s official missions in Ukraine. A statement to this effect was made Monday by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Russia demands that the Ukrainian leadership take measures to ensure the security of all of Russia's representative offices in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The recent raid became possible because the new Ukrainian leadership has lost control over the situation in Kiev and due to the fact that an atmosphere of legal nihilism and all-permissiveness has taken hold in Ukraine.

Putin Gives Gov’t Until March 29 To Map Out Executive Bodies In Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the government until March 29 to draw up plans for the creation of executive bodies in Crimea. This comes after Putin signed the constitutional law incorporating Crimea and the city of Sevastopol into Russia as two new constituent regions.

The president also gave instructions to ministries and agencies to ensure the implementation of measures aimed at establishing federal, regional, municipal and other executive administrations in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, including measures to adjust the staff lists of executive bodies to the required numbers, the Kremlin’s press service reports.