Putin, Erdogan Discuss Situation in Aleppo, Intra-Syrian Talks in Kazakhstan

MOSCOW- Russian and Turkish Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed the crisis in Syria, focusing on the situation in Aleppo, the Kremlin press service said on Sunday after their telephone conversation, Itar Tass reported.

The two sides discussed issues of relating to "talks between the Syrian government and the so-called moderate opposition in the Kazakh Capital Astana,"  according to Kremlin press service.

Churkin: UNSC Agrees on 'Good Text' of Aleppo Draft Resolution, Vote Scheduled for Monday

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council came up on Sunday with a "good text" of the draft resolution on the deployment of UN observers to Syrian Aleppo and the vote will take place on Monday, Russian envoy to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said, according to Sputnik.

"We've put in some good hours of work and have a good text, and we agreed to vote on it tomorrow morning," Churkin told reporters.

West Support for Terrorist Groups in Syria Must Stop

TEHRAN- Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeedinejad renewed Iran's stance on reaching a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, and called on the western countries to stop their financial and logistic support for the terrorists in Syria, according to Fars news agency.

Deploying International Monitors in Aleppo to Take Weeks —Churkin

UNITED NATIONS- It will take weeks to send an international mission to Aleppo to monitor the process of evacuation of people from the city’s eastern quarters, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said on Friday, commenting on France’s initiative to deploy an United Nations monitoring mission in Aleppo, according to Itar Tass.

"Deployment of monitors will take weeks," he said after a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council. "These are to be well-prepared people who know what they do and how to do that. It is unrealistic to think that it can be done in a span of two or three days."

Liberation of Aleppo Eastern Districts Has Allowed ‘Genuine’ Separation of ‘Moderate Opposition’ from Terrorists –Moscow

MOSCOW- The Russian backed operation in eastern Aleppo has allowed for a “genuine” separation of radicals from the ‘moderate opposition,’ opening a “new window of opportunity” for cessation of hostilities in other places in Syria, says the Russian Defense Ministry, according to RT.

The operation to liberate the eastern part of Aleppo has, in fact, proven unique, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.

Churkin: First Task after Liberating Aleppo is Full suspension of Combat, Resuming Syrian-Syrian Dialogue

NEW YORK– Russia’s Permanent Representative at the UN Vitaly Churkin said that the first task in Syria after liberating Aleppo will be the full suspension of combat activities and resuming Syrian-Syrian dialogue, noting that the Syrian government has repeatedly confirmed its readiness to engage in dialogue with the “opposition.”

In a speech at a Security Council meeting on Friday on the situation in the Middle East, Churkin said that since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, Russia had been consistently supporting the course of resolving it via political means that respect the country’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity, SANA reported.

Putin, Abe Agree on Joint Russia-Japan Activities on Kuril Islands

Vladimir Putin and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe have worked out a statement on the prospects of joint Russian-Japanese economic activities in the South Kuril Islands as the Russian leader arrived in Japan for what’s seen as a breakthrough visit.

The two leaders dedicated 40 minutes from their three-hour talks in Abe’s ancestral hometown of Nagato, a mountainside resort in southwest Japan, on Thursday. The time was spent to develop an agreement on joint activities on the Kuril Islands “that would be suitable to both parties,” YuryUshakov, the Kremlin aide, told reporters.

Putin and Abe had to discuss the issue one-on-one after Russian and Japanese experts failed to agree on the wording of the statement, he added.

US Claims about Russia Hacks 'Fakes News'

The recent media frenzy about US claims of Russian intervention in Donald trump’s election victory is a “fake news” campaign designed by Washington to install tyranny in the US, says an analyst in Chicago.

Stephen Lendman made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Thursday, a day after the White House said Trump knew of Moscow’s efforts to help him win the November 8 election.

Speaking on Wednesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest also claimed that the Republican president-elect knew Moscow was trying to undermine the campaign of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by hacking some Democratic organizations.