Days of US, UK Intervening in Sovereign Countries are Over: Theresa May

LONDON- The British prime minister says the United Kingdom and the United States must not intervene in other sovereign countries’ affairs in an attempt to “remake the world in our own image.”

According to Press TV, Theresa May told a meeting of Republican lawmakers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday that the “days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over.”

However, she insisted that the two powers should still lead the world and take on “new global challenges,” including the Syrian crisis and the fight against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

Kremlin Urges US to Consider Risks of Setting up ‘Safe’ Zones in Syria

MOSCOW- The Kremlin calls on the United States to consider all the possible risks of creating ‘safe’ zones in Syria. It says that the United States has made no coordination with Moscow about such decision, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to Itar Tass.

"It is important that this does not worsen the situation," Peskov told reporters. "All the possible consequences should be considered," he stressed., noting that the US partners had not consulted with Russia before announcing the decision.

Russian Sappers Continue Clearing Aleppo of Explosives

MOSCOW– Russian specialists have cleared over 70 hectares of territory in eastern Aleppo of explosives, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation informs, Sputnik reported.

"In the past 24 hours alone, Russian sappers cleared 63 residential buildings and 6 mosques of explosive objects; 406 explosives have been neutralized, including 384 home-made explosive devices. A territory with a total area of 70 hectares was cleared. Over 15 kilometers of roads have been cleared of explosives," the center said in a statement.

Putin: Astana Talks Results Prove There is no Military Solution to Crisis in Syria

MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the conference on the Syria crisis held in Kazakhstan’s capital has proved impossibility of a military solution to the crisis and hopes that it will be a sound basis for the talks in Geneva.

"I believe it is important to point out that the participants of the process in Astana have documented the impossibility of a military solution to the Syria crisis," Putin said at a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Wednesday, according to Itar Tass.

Lavrov, Jordanian Counterpart Discuss Results of Astana Talks

MOSCOW-  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Jordanian counterpart Ayman al-Safadi discussed during a meeting on Tuesday the results of Astana International Meeting on Syrian Settlement.

According to Itar Tass, the Jordanian minister spoke highly of the outcome of the talks between representatives of the Syrian government and armed opposition groups held in Astana on January 23-24.

He voiced the conviction that all parties "should assist in resolving the crisis" in Syria.

He noted that the Middle East is currently facing many challenges. "These are the political crises, like the one in Syria, the Palestinian problem, the international terrorism challenge, which poses a threat to everyone on earth," al-Safadi said.

Fillon: Call for President Al-Assad’s Departure ‘Heavy Mistake’

The French centre-right's presidential candidate Francois Fillon has declared that Europe is not obliged to follow rules imposed by the United States, stressing that "the call for President Bashar Al-Assad's departure from power as a precondition has been a heavy mistake".

He was quoted by the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen television channel as saying that Russia’s support for the Syrian army's war on terrorism in Syria has helped repel ISIS advance towards in Damascus.

Russian Tu-22 Long-Range Bombers Strike Daesh Targets in Syria's Deir Ezzor

Six Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers have launched airstrikes on Daesh targets in the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Tu-22M3 long-range bombers took off from an airfield in Russia and flew over the territory of Iraq and Iran.

Moscow, Tehran Optimistic about Astana Meeting on Syria

ASTANA-Russia, Iran and Turkey have managed to bring closer their positions on most of the issues on the agenda of the meeting on Syria to be held in Astana on January 23, leader of the Russian delegation to the talks in Astana Alexander Lavrentyev said on Sunday.

"Preparatory work has been rather intensive. Today, we spoke with the Iranian and Turkish sides in a trilateral format and have managed to bring closer our position on most of the issues on the agenda," he said.

Lavrentyev said he is confident differences at the Astana talks on settlement in Syria will be bridged on Monday.