Iran Must Be Part of Universal Front against Terrorism, Says Lavrov

Russian has rejected allegations by the US that Iran sponsors terrorism, stressing that Tehran must be present in the anti-terror front.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the remarks on Monday, noting that Iran has never had ties with terrorist organizations.

"Iran has never been seen having any ties with Daesh or al-Nusra Front, or any other structure affiliated with these terrorist organizations and included in the relevant UN Security Council list," he said.

Joint Task Force Meeting on Syria in Astana Discusses Implementing Cessation of Hostilities

ASTANA-Delegations from Russia, Iran, Turkey and the United Nations concluded on Monday a meeting of experts of the Joint Task Force on the crisis in Syria in the Kazakh capital of Astana, SANA reported.

In a press conference following the meeting, head of the Russian delegation to Astana Stanislav Gadzhimagomedov said the participants in the meeting discussed the course of implementing the cessation of hostilities agreement, the special measures towards creating a mechanism of efficient monitoring and control with an aim to ensure an efficient implementing of the agreement and preventing any provocations.

Russia Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Some 7 Thousand Syrian Civilians over Past 24 Hours

MOSCOW- Russian Coordination Center for Reconciliation in Syria has sent over 12 tonnes of food to the civilians in Syria over the past 24 hours, the Center said on Monday.

According to Sputnik, the Center carried out seven humanitarian operations in the city of Aleppo and the Shinshar village in the Homs Governorate.

"Some 3,2 tonnes of food, 3,000 portions of hot meals and 1850 food packages have been distributed among the civilians," the statement released by the Center said, adding that the total mass of the distributed food was 12,3 tonnes.

According to the statement, a total of 7,361 civilians received aid.

Moscow Disclaims Reports on Russian Servicemen Killed in Syria

MOSCOW- The reports of the Al Jazeera television channel about death of Russian military in Syria are false, all servicemen in the Syrian Arab Republic are well and healthy, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday, according to Itar Tass.

EU Should Refrain from Backing Daesh-Like Armed Groups in Syria: Belgian Party

European countries should refrain from supporting violent armed groups fighting against Damascus and wreaking the same havoc as Daesh and other terrorist groups, Luc Rivet, a spokesman for Belgium’s center-right Parti Populaire (Popular Party), told Sputnik on Saturday.

MOSCOW — Rivet's remark came as Aldo Carcaci, the only PP lawmaker in Belgium's Chamber of Representatives, began on Friday his visit to the Syrian cities of Damascus and Aleppo at the invitation of the country's government, Sputnik reported.

"Europe should not support factions of opponents to the regime, which are not much better than ISIS  [Daesh], and are acquainted with al-Qaeda," Rivet said.

Iran Ready to 'Rain down' Missiles in Response to Enemy Attack

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Commander Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that the Iranian Armed Forces could defend the country from foreign threats and would respond to an enemy attack with "roaring missiles."

MOSCOW -The Iranian Armed Forces are capable to defend the country from foreign threats and would respond to an enemy attack with "roaring missiles," the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Commander Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said on Saturday.

Fresh US Anti-Iran Sanctions Violate JCPOA, Says Boroujerdi

A senior member of parliament Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Saturday that the new sanctions imposed on Iran by the US administration are in violation of the nuclear deal signed in July 2015 between Iran and the six world powers – known as JCPOA.

Boroujerdi, the head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said that the new US sanctions on multiple Iranian entities are due to Washington’s anger from the defeat of the terrorists it backed in the region.

He said that the historical defeat of terrorists in Aleppo on the one hand and the defeat inflicted on Daesh terrorists in the Iraqi city of Mosul on the other hand, made the US to resort to new sanctions on Iran.

Filippo Grandi: ‘Safe Zones’ in Syria Waste of Time

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi slammed the idea of ‘safe zones’ in Syria, saying he does not “see the conditions” to create such areas in the country, according to RT.

"Let's not waste time planning safe zones that will not be set up because they will not be safe enough for people to go back,” Grandi said Friday, as cited by Reuters.

Grandi urged instead to “concentrate on making peace so that everything becomes safe. That should be the investment.”

“Frankly, I don't see in Syria the conditions” to set up such zones in the country, “with the fragmentation, the number of actors, the presence of terrorist groups,” he added.