Moscow Slams First Attack on Russian Embassy in Syria Since Start of "Ceasefire"

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Russian Embassy in Damascus came under mortar fire on February 2 and 3. The ministry said that the embassy was attacked from the area controlled by terrorists.

According to Sputnik, the Foreign Ministry said that the first attacks on the Russian embassy since the start of the latest ceasefire regime in Syria is aimed to undermine the truce and derail the Syrian settlement process.

"We strongly condemn the new terrorist attack against the Russian diplomatic mission in Damascus. Vile attacks on our [Russian] embassy are taking place amid truce and with an evident aim to disrupt the regime of the cessation of hostilities and derail efforts in the Syrian political process."

Attempts to Postpone New Round of Intra-Syrian Talks in Geneva are Inadmissible: Zakharova

MOSCOW-Attempts to postpone a new round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva are inadmissible, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Friday.

"We fully support the resolute intentions of [UN special envoy for Syria Staffan] de Mistura to resume the intra-Syrian contacts in Geneva and consider attempts to postpone or delay them inadmissible," Zakharova told reporters, according to Itar Tass.

Technical Meeting on Syria in Astana to be Held Next Monday

MOSCOW-Russian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that a technical meeting will be held next Monday in the Kazakh capital of Astana to discuss issues related to settle the crisis in Syria, SANA reported.

In a statement, the ministry said that experts from Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United Nations will take part in the first meeting of the Joint Operational Group to discuss implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement, developing measures aimed at monitoring the agreement and preventing its violations, increasing the level of trust and solving issues related to delivering the humanitarian aid.

Lavrov Calls for Ending Freezing of Syria’s AL Membership

ABU DHABI– Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on Wednesday to end the freezing of Syria’s membership in the Arab League (AL).

According to SANA, in a press conference held at the conclusion of the fourth session of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum in Abu Dhabi, Lavrov said Syria’s return to the League of Arab States would help joint efforts on the political settlement in the country.

“The fact that the Syrian government, a legitimate UN member, cannot take part in the Arab League discussions does not help our joint efforts. I think the Arab League could have played a more important role if the Syrian government was part of this organization,” he added.

Lavrov: Syrian Army Most Important Force in Anti-ISIS Fight

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stressed that the Syrian army is the most important force in the fight against ISIS terrorist organization.

In a joint press conference with his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed on Monday, Lavrov said “we seek establishing a unified front to fight ISIS terrorist organization in Syria where the Syrian army will be the most important force in this front on ground,” the Syrian official news agency reported.

He added that Russia is prepared for negotiations with the United States on combating terrorism that would involve the Defense Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and other agencies any time.

Russia and the United States have unlimited possibilities for cooperation in the war on terror upon the availability of willpower.

Presidents Putin, Trump Have Their First Phone Call, Discuss Joint Efforts to Fight Terrorism

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had his first telephone conversation with newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump. They spoke of joint efforts in battling the major threat of international terrorism, the Kremlin said in an official statement.

 “The Presidents have spoken in favor of establishing a real coordination between the US and Russian actions in order to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Syria,” the statement said, according to RT.

Putin, Nazarbayev Stress Astana Talks Impetus for Peaceful Settlement of Crisis in Syria

MOSCOW- Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev have stressed the importance of Astana meeting as a major impetus for peaceful settlement of the crisis in Syria.

  In a telephone conversation on Saturday, Putin thanked Nazarbayev for the big input in organizing the international meeting on Syria in Astana on January 23-24, the Kremlin’s press service said, Itar Tass reported.

 The Kazakh President expressed readiness to continue providing inclusive support for this political process.

No One Is Going to Argue with Syrians about Country’s Constitution — Zakharaova

MOSCOW- No one is going to argue with the Syrians about the Syrian Constitution issue, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told a press briefing on Friday.

"Moscow does not impose its own solutions, it just offers to speed up very complex work on drafting such a document," the diplomat said commenting on the draft Constitution proposed by Russia. "In fact, this document is a questionnaire on what Syria’s Constitution could be like. This set of ideas suggests that the Syrians themselves will search for an answer," Zakharavo added, according to Itar Tass.

"The Russian experts also suggested possible options for such search, which are based on international legal approaches towards the Syrian settlement and which are declared in decisions by the UN Security Council and the International Syria Support Group," Zakharova said.