London Will Have to Apologize to Moscow after UK Lab Admitted it Could not Link Skripal Poisoning to Russia: Peskov

London will eventually have to apologize for its baseless accusations against Moscow in the Skripal poisoning case, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, after a UK military lab admitted it could not link the attack to Moscow.

"For us, the situation was appalling from the very beginning, and now, confirmation is gradually starting to come in that the insane accusations, made by the British side a few hours after the assassination attempt [on double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter], are baseless and groundless," Peskov told journalists Tuesday, according to RT.

Illegal Foreign Military Presence in Syria Must Come to an End: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has slammed unauthorized military presence of foreign forces in Syria, calling for an end to such illegal intervention.

 “From our viewpoint, the presence of foreign forces in Syria without authorization of the country's government is illegal and must be stopped,” Rouhani said in Tehran on Tuesday ahead of his flight to the Turkish capital city of Ankara. According to Press TV.

Rouhani and his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, respectively, will discuss the ongoing situation in Syria on Wednesday.

Lavrov Warns Against Politicizing Chemical Dossiers in OPCW

MOSCOW - Any politicization of chemical dossiers, including Syria, in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali.

"We exchanged views on how the countries cooperate in the OPCW," Lavrov said.

"We stated that we have similar approaches that it is unacceptable to politicize various chemical dossiers, including the Syrian chemical dossier in the OPCW."

Russia Successfully Tests Modernized Anti-Ballistic Missile System

Russia has successfully test-launched a new upgraded anti-ballistic missile system days after it tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Press T.V reported.

 “The new modernized anti-ballistic missile system has successfully fulfilled the task and struck a conventional target at the designated time,” Russian media quoted Deputy Commander of the Air and Missile Defense of the Aerospace Forces Maj. Gen. Andrey Prikhodko as saying on Monday.

The test took place in Kazakhstan at the Sary Shagan testing range.

Trump Is Unpredictable, Says American Veteran Diplomat

 New York - US Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State John Limbert, reacting to the appointments of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo as the national security advisor and secretary of state, said US President Donald Trump is unpredictable.

Limbert, who is one of the signatories of a letter sent to Trump calling for preservation of 2015 Iran nuclear deal with G5+1 known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in New York.

China to Slap US with up to 25% Bigger Import Tariffs in Trade War Retaliation

Beijing is hiking up tariffs on more than 128 US imports, including fruit and pork, as part of a tit-for-tat response to US President Donald Trump’s $60 billion package of tariffs imposed against China.

The additional fares, which range from 15 to 25 percent, will take effect on Monday, the Chinese Finance Ministry said on their website. It added that the measure, aimed at “safeguarding China’s interests,” was in response to Washington’s package of tariffs targeting more than 100 types of Chinese goods, from clothing to electronics, according to RT

Eastern Ghouta Will Soon Start Restoring Normal Life: Zakharova

MOSCOW, (ST)- Maria, Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, has stressed that the return of locals to their areas in eastern Ghouta indicates that normal life has started to be restored  there.

"Eastern Ghouta will soon restore normal life as in Aleppo,"  Itar Tass news agency quoted Zakharova as saying in an interview with the Russian Channel 5.

Moscow Confronts London with 14 Questions on ‘Fabricated’ Skripal Case

Russia’s Embassy in London has sent a list of 14 questions to the UK Foreign Ministry, demanding that it reveals details of the investigation into the nerve-agent poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

The questions, provided in full below, include a demand to clarify whether samples of the nerve agent А-234 (also known as “Novichok”) have ever been developed in the UK. The embassy’s statement calls the incident that started the recent diplomatic row a “fabricated case against Russia.”