Lavrov: Developments in Syria Pave Way for Political Dialogue Based on UNSC Resolution 2254

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said that victories achieved over terrorism by the Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with the Russian Aerospace Forces, constitute  necessary ground to move to the stage of political settlement on the basis of UN Security Council resolution no.2254, according to SANA.

Addressing the Federation Council (upper house of parliament) on Friday, Lavrov clarified that Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organization in Syria has been eradicated and the remaining affiliated groups will be eliminated soon.

Russian Diplomat Voices Concern over US Presence in Syria

GENEVA-The remaining US military presence in Syria after the victory over ISIS terrorist organization arouses concerns, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Geneva office and other Geneva-based international organizations Alexei Borodavkin said.

"We believe that after the victory over the ISIS there is no need for the US-led coalition to further remain in Syria, especially given that they had not been invited there," the diplomat said. "So, we are calling on the Americans to pack their rucksacks and go."

"But apparently, this is not part of their plans, and this arouses concerns," he said, according to Itar Tass.

Putin: US Doesn't Hit Fleeing Terrorists because It May Use Them Later against Syrian Government

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his signature annual press conference, where he faced a myriad of questions that touched on a wide range of issues, from foreign policy highlights to certain domestic issues, Sputnik reported.

On Syria: A Lot of Things Done, More to Do

President Putin commented on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, including his recent visit to Hmeymim Airbase.

The Russian Commander-in-Chief pointed out that "the current security situation allowed [him] to take such a trip," stressing the positive developments in the country.

Putin indicated that the US is not contributing enough to the successful resolution of the Syrian crises, urging "all parties involved" to "resist the temptation to take advantage of short-term political goals."

The terrorists are escaping Syria to Iraq and the US doesn't hit them because it may want to use them later against the Syrian government, said Putin, adding "that's very dangerous."

Latin America's ALBA Urges US to Stay Committed to Iran Deal

Ambassadors of Venezuela, Ecuador and Cuba in Tehran urged on Thursday that the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) should be maintained and by all parties involved in the international accord, Including Washington, IRNA reported.

The Iran nuclear deal is an international issue and it should be maintained, Ecuador's Ambassador to Tehran Germán Alejandro Ortega Almeida said at a news conference held in the Venezuelan embassy in Tehran on the 13th anniversary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA).

Iran Strongly Criticizes US Destructive, Provocative Role

New York- Iran's envoy to the United Nations categorically rejected latest allegations raised by the US against Iran saying that the move is a clear indication of US destructive, provocative and irresponsible role.

Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN of Gholamali Khoshroo rejected “baseless” accusations about supplying missiles to certain regional states by Iran.

He made the remarks in a statement released on Thursday in response to accusations raised by the US Ambassador to UN at her press conference on 14 December 2017.

Russian Forces' Pullout of Syria Proves Moscow Doesn't Seek Boosting Its Military Influence in Region: Analyst

Russia does not seek to boost its military influence in the Middle East – after assisting the legitimate government of Syria to preserve sovereignty and integrity Moscow has started pulling out its troops of the region, Yang Mian, a political analyst at the Center for International Relations at the Chinese Institute of Communications, told Sputnik.

Russia's decision to pull out of Syria indicates that Moscow has no intention to expand its sphere of influence, Yang Mian, a political analyst at the Center for International Relations at the Chinese Institute of Communications, told Sputnik China, adding that the Russian Army helped Syria preserve its statehood and sovereignty.

Zakharova: US Claims about Its Victory over ISIS in Syria 'Groundless'

MOSCOW- US President Donald Trump’s claims the United States has achieved victory over terrorists in Syria are groundless and illogical, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

"These statements are limitlessly illogical and groundless," she said. "Statements made by spokespersons of US official bodies of power never stop making U-turns."

"One question has to be asked, though. Is all this being said for the sake of some political activity, for attracting the electorate, or is it the official stance of the United States?" she added, according to Itar Tass.

Russian Warplanes, Troops Arrive Home after Syrian Mission Accomplished

The majority of Russian forces operating in Syria, including Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and the Beriev A-50 AWACS plane, are arriving back home after successfully completing their mission and playing a key role in defeating the so-called  "Islamic State" (ISIS, Daesh, IS), RT reported.

On Tuesday, the first group of Russian military aircraft and troops left Syria following President Vladimir Putin’s order. The Russian leader announced the withdrawal of a “significant part” of the Russian military contingent during his surprise visit at Khmeimim Airbase in Syria’s Latakia province on Monday morning.