Lavrov: US Production of New Nuke Warhead Increases Risk of Nuclear War

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the US of bringing a nuclear conflict closer after the Trump administration ordered the production of a new nuclear warhead, the W76-2, RT reported

The country’s top diplomat reminded journalists that Moscow voiced its concern last year that the production of small-capacity nuclear weapons “lowers the threshold of nuclear weapons use and, of course, boosts the risk of a nuclear conflict.”

Kremlin: US Sanctions against Venezuela Illegal Intervention

MOSCOW- US sanctions against Venezuelan Oil Company PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela) is blatant illegal intervention, said Russian Presidential Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday.

"The legal leadership of Venezuela has already described these sanctions as illegal. We can fully join this point of view," he said.

He recalled the "consistent attitude of Moscow to such restrictions, to which American colleagues are increasingly beginning to resort."

"We do not consider this to be right; we consider it most often to be the manifestations of unfair competition. In this case, this is a continued line on undisguised interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela," the Kremlin spokesperson said, according to Itar Tass.

‘Good for Business’: Trump Adviser Bolton Admits US Interest in Venezuela’s ‘oil Capabilities’

 With the Venezuela crisis escalating after the US’ provocative intervention against elected leader Nicolas Maduro last week, an admission by US National Security Advisor John Bolton was overlooked by the media: It’s about oil.

According to RT, Trump’s top adviser, who has been branded the most fervent hawk in the administration, has admitted that Washington is heavily invested in political outcomes in Caracas particularly because of Venezuela’s vast untapped oil reserves.

Speaking to Fox Business host Trish Regan, Bolton said that the US had “a lot at stake” in Venezuela’s political crisis, specifically citing the country’s oil and the economic benefit it could bring to the US.

Lavrov Affirms Need to Eliminate Terrorist Hotspot In Idleb

MOSCOW -  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has commented on the presence of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group in Syria's province of Idlib, saying that it violated the Russian-Turkish agreement on security in the region and that there is a need to eliminate this terrorist hotspot.

"A terrorist nest that is still in Idlib is a fact, and our Syrian colleagues have confirmed their readiness to eliminate this terrorist hotspot. We are ready to continue acting as set out in the Russian-Turkish agreement on Idlib, including the establishment of a demilitarized zone around the security zone. But the fact that Nusra and its reincarnation, Tahrir al-Sham, have, in fact, taken over a large portion of the territory there, of course, does not correspond to the agreements that were reached on the security issues of Idlib," Lavrov told reporters after talks with his Kazakh counterpart Beibut Atamkulov, according to Sputnik.

Iranian FM Lauds Algeria’s Logical Policies

TEHRAN– Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif praised Algeria for adopting “principled and logical” stances on various international issues, such as Iran’s nuclear program, expressing Tehran’s keenness for stronger ties with Algiers.

Zarif held a meeting with Abdelhamid Si Afif, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Emigration of the National Popular Assembly of Algeria, in Tehran on Sunday, Tasnim News reported.

Venezuela Rejects EU Ultimatum 'Befitting Old Colonial Powers'

Jorge Arreaza repudiated the European Union and said its declaration put them in the same camp as the United States-backed coup, and exposed them as a satellite of the U.S, Telesur reported.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza responded to a statement by the European Union which issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan government to hold elections within eight days. He asked them to drop the measure that would recognize Juan Guaido, opposition leader for the Venezuelan National Assembly, in contempt since 2016, who unconstitutionally declared himself "interim" president, as Venezuela’s leader.

EU Had Better Launch SPV before It Is Too Late, Says Salehi

Iran’s nuclear chief says the European Union (EU) had better launch a promised payment mechanism meant to maintain trade with Iran and bypass unilateral sanctions by the United States “before it is too late, according to Press T.V.”

Speaking to IRNA’s English Desk on Saturday, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), warned that the EU’s failure to launch the mechanism - known as the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) -in time would have unspecified consequences.

“Before it is too late, Europeans, in particular, should fulfill what they have promised beforehand; otherwise, I am afraid that the future developments will not be conducive... neither for us nor for them or even for other participants of the JCPOA,” Salehi said, using an abbreviation for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a nuclear deal that Iran and originally six other countries struck back in 2015.

'If Iran had not been in Syria, ISIL would have formed gov. in region’

TEHRAN– Iranian First Vice-President Es’hagh Jahangiri said that If Iran had not operated in Syria, ISIL terrorists would have now formed a government and would have power in the region.

He made the remarks Sunday at the 10th Farabi International Award in Tehran.

Jahangiri went on to say that the United States has started an economic and psychological war against the Islamic Republic, adding that Washington is after portraying a vague future for the country’s youth generation.

Terrorist groups were killing innocent people in Syria and Iraq in an effort to define Islam as a violent religion, he added, Mehr News reported.