Moscow Rejects Possibility of Chemical Agents’ Use in Khan Shaykhun from Syrian Aircraft

MOSCOW- Russia has made a conclusion after studying a report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that chemical agents technically could not be used from a Su-22 plane of Syria’s Air Force, a Russian Defense Ministry official said at a joint news briefing by Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry and Industry and Trade Ministry in Moscow on Thursday.

"After studying the materials submitted, I see several aspects that do not allow making a conclusion that chemical weapons in the form of an air bomb were used from a Su-22 aircraft of the Syrian Air Force," the spokesman said at a joint briefing of Russia’s Foreign, Defense and Industry and Trade Ministries.

The chemical bomb exploded in Khan Shaykhun went off on the surface, which is clearly indicated by the shape of the crater left on the asphalt road, the spokesman for the Defense Ministry said, according to Itar Tass.

US-led Coalition Defeat in Syria Undeniable Reality

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has hailed Iran-Russia cooperation in the fight against Takfiri terrorists in Syria, saying the defeat of the US-led coalition in the Arab country is "an undeniable reality."

 “The defeat of US-led coalition supporting terrorists in Syria is an undeniable reality, but they keep hatching plots,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran on Wednesday.

During the meeting, which lasted over an hour, the Leader stressed the solution of the Syria crisis requires continued cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, according to Press TV.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran-Russia cooperation in battling Takfiri terrorists backed by certain countries has had important outcomes, making Russia an "influential" player in the developments of West Asia.

Syria Chemical Probe Report ‘Amateurish’ — Russia's UN Mission

United Nations- The joint UN-OPCW mission’s report on its probe into chemical incidents in Syria is "amateurish," Russia’s permanent UN mission said on Tuesday in a note to the UN General Assembly and the Security Council.

"Already at the first glance, it becomes evident that the investigation was conducted with major violations of high standards set by the Chemical Weapons Convention," the note reads. "After reading the report carefully, it is hard to call it professionally prepared. Rather, it is amateurish and is based mostly on assumptions and selective use of facts", Itar Tass reported.

Russian Submarine Delivers Cruise Missile strike on Terrorists in Syria

MOSCOW- Russia’s submarine The Veliki Novgorod, currently in the Mediterranean, has attacked militants of the terrorist organization Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province with Kalibr cruise missiles. Command centers, a stronghold and its manpower and a weapons depot were eliminated, Itar Tass reported.

The Russian air group and a permanent naval force in the Mediterranean continue to provide support for Syria’s government army in operations against terrorist groups in Deir Ezzor province.

Lavrov: Guaranteeing Security around De-Escalation Zones in Syria Most Important Topic of Astana 7 Meeting

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russian Foreign Sergey Lavrov has stressed that the US failure to implement its pledges to separate "opposition" in Syria from Terrorists led the Russian side to decide choosing the partners who respect their commitments and implement them, thus, he said, Astana process on Syria was launched and it was proven successful.

During  a joint press conference with the foreign minister of Suriname in Moscow on Tuesday, Lavrov said that the most important topics being discussed during the currently-held Astana 7 meeting on Syria is the issue of guaranteeing security around the de-escalation zones.

Syrian Army Will Restore Control over Syria's Eastern Borders by End of 2017

ASTANA- Key tasks of Russia’s military campaign in Syria have been nearly fulfilled and the Arab republic’s government forces will restore control over its eastern border by the end of 2017, Chairman of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov said on Monday, according to Itar Tass.

"In general, we can say that major tasks of Russia’s military operation in Syria have been almost accomplished," Shamanov told a meeting of the lower houses of parliament of Kazakhstan and Russia in Astana.

Kazakh Foreign Ministry: All Concerned Parties Confirmed Participation in Astana-7 Meeting

ASTANA- The Kazakh Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that all parties involved in Astana process on Syria confirmed their participation in the next round of talks on October 30-31.

In a statement, the Ministry said that all parties of Astana process have confirmed their participation in the negotiations.

China: Any Conclusions on Use of Chemical Weapon in Syria Should Be Based on Indisputable Evidence

BEIJING, (ST)- The Chinese Foreign Ministry has stressed that any conclusions on the use of chemical weapon in Syria should be based on indisputable evidence.

Commenting on the latest report by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on the use chemical weapons in Syria, Spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang said "China's stance on the use of chemical weapon is clear and firm and we hope that any conclusions in this regard should be based on facts and hard evidence and be in consistent with the principles of objectivity, justice and professionalism."