Rouhani, Putin Founders of Flourishing Tehran - Moscow Ties

Moscow - A prominent Russian correspondent sees the today flourishing in Moscow-Tehran relations as a record brought to both countries due to the efforts of President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

Yevgeny Primakov described such boost in bilateral cooperation as a record set during the past four years.

From the outset of the implementation of the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in January 2016, Moscow and Tehran have witnessed broader relations, the Russian expert told IRNA here.

Russian Memorandum on De-escalation Zones in Syria Signed

ASTANA, (ST)- The countries acting as guarantors of the cessation of hostilities in Syria, ( Russia, Turkey and Iran) have signed the Russian memorandum on setting up de-escalation zones in Syria.

The document, which was signed on Thursday during the plenary session of Astana 4 meeting on the crisis in Syria, called for establishing de-escalation zones in the Syrian province of Idleb as well as in north of Homs, in eastern Ghouta of Damascus and in Syria's southern area. The zones are to be set up by the guarantor countries and concerned parties with the purpose of putting an immediate end to fight activities, improve the humanitarian situation and prepare suitable environment for reaching political settlement to the crisis in Syria.

Establishing De-escalation Zones Important step towards Consolidating Cessation of Hostilities: Lavrov

PORVOO- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday that "a relatively new idea of setting up the de-escalation zones in Syria with the participation of all parties concerned and, of course, with the consent of the Syrian government, should be an important step towards consolidating the cessation of hostilities, noting the topic was discussed in Astana."

 Following talks with his Finnish counterpart, Timo Soini, Lavrov pointed out that the Syrian government supports the idea of setting up de-escalation zones in Syria discussed in Astana.

Borodavkin: Delivery of Humanitarian Aid to Douma Proves Syrian, Russian Keenness on Making Astana 4 Meeting a Success

GENEVA- Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin affirmed that the arrival of humanitarian aid convoy to Douma area in Eastern Ghouta confirms the keenness of the Syrian government and Russia on the success of Astana 4 meeting, SANA reported.

Putin: Cessation of Hostilities Necessary for Development of Political Process in Syria

SOCHI- Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed that the development of the political process in Syria necessitates preserving the cessation of hostilities in the country.

Putin made the remarks during a joint press conference with President of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyib Erdogan in Sochi.

"For the development of the political process [in Syria], a ceasefire must be provided... Russia, Turkey and Iran have all the time been thinking of how to secure this practice of a ceasefire, "the Russian president said on Wednesday during a joint press conference with Turkish President Erdogan in Sochi,  clarifying that one of the methods is creating de-escalation zones," Putin said, according to RT.

Putin: Russia Never Interferes in Others’ Internal Politics, Yet Feels Such Attempts from Outside

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says Russia has never interfered in other countries’ political issues, though there have been such attempts towards Russia, he said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sochi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday to discuss key international issues such as the crisis in Syria, the situation in Ukraine and battling terrorism, as well as bilateral ties between Moscow and Berlin.

JCPOA Represents Significant Gain for Nuclear Verification, Says Amano

Tehran -Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano said on Tuesday that Iran's nuclear deal, also known as JCPOA, represents a significant gain for the nuclear verification.

Since implementation of the JCPOA began in January 2016, we have been verifying and monitoring Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the agreement, Amano said in a statement to Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

US, Zionist Entity, Saudi Using Terrorism to Balkanize Mideast

Catherine Shakdam, the director of Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, believes relations between terrorist groups and the tripartite of the United States, the Zionist entity and Saudi Arabia show they are resorting to terrorism to push forward their agenda in the region.

Israel actually has never made it secret that it has opened its borders to DaeshTakfiri terrorists, allowing for radicals to enter Israel for medical care, Shakdam told Press TV on Tuesday.