Putin: Crisis in Syria Can Only Be Solved through U.N. Based on Astana and Geneva Formats

SOCHI- Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed that solution to the crisis in  Syria can be found only through United Nations based on Geneva and Astana formats.

In a press conference on Tuesday  after his talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin said he had discussed the situation in Syria with the German Chancellor and they had agreed that it was necessary to galvanize the "peace negotiations" through the Astana and Geneva formats.

"We are confident that a solution to the Syrian problem can be found only through United Nations brokered peace talk," Putin added, according to Itar Tass.

Guterres Expresses Full Support for Astana Process on Syria

ASTANA, (ST)- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed his full support to the Astana negotiation process on Syria , because, in his opinion, these negotiations pave the way for success of the Geneva intra-Syrian talks," the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service said in a statement on Monday.

Guterres made the remarks during his meeting on Sunday with Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov in New York.

Washington Acknowledges US-Led Strikes Killed 362 Civilians in Syria, Iraq Since 2014

WASHINGTON-US-led strikes allegedly targeting Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq have led to the deaths of at least 362 civilians since 2014, the Pentagon says, according to Press TV.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Pentagon said the strikes had resulted in the loss of civilian life in the two countries.

Air Wars, which monitors civilian deaths from international airstrikes in the region, has estimated that more than 3,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq and Syria in the same period.

The Combined Joint Task Force said in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties that it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths in the two countries.

The force added that 45 civilians had been killed between November 2016 and March 2017.

Recent US Aggression on Syria Clear Violation of International Law: Russian Ambassador in Tehran

TEHRAN – Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Jagarian has decried as a “clear violation of the internal law” the recent US aggression on the Syrian Shayrat Airfield on the pretext that the Syrian government had allegedly launched a chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province.

In an exclusive interview with Iran's Tasnim news agency in Tehran, Jagarian said the chemical attack in khan Sheikhoun was a “provocative move by the terrorists” to clear the way for a US military strike in Syria.

However, the ambassador added, Russia believes that the US could play a positive role in the settlement of the crisis in Syria, and stressed the need for continued political and military efforts though “there are numerous problems in Syria and there is no trust between the warring sides at all.”

Zionist Entity Only Illegal Possessor of Nukes in Middle East: Pyongyang

PYONGYANG- Israel is the only illegal possessor of nukes in the Middle East under the patronage of the U.S. However, Israel vociferated about the nuclear deterrence of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea DPRK, slandering it, whenever an opportunity presented itself, according to the a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the (DPRK).

The spokesman was commenting on the reckless anti- DPRK remarks of the "defense" minister of Israel in which he hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

The reckless remarks of the Israeli "defense" minister are sordid and wicked behavior and grave challenge to the DPRK, the ministry spokesman stressed.

Lavrov: Moscow Ready to Cooperate with Washington on Syria

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday that Russia is ready to cooperate with Washington on Syria.

 During a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Al-Safadi, Lavrov said interaction between Russia and the United States was vital for ensuring effective steps by the global community aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria.

 The Russia top diplomat said Moscow is ready for such cooperation and it expects Washington to adopt the same approach.

West Has no Evidence Proving Allegations that Syrian Army Was behind Khan Sheikhoun Incident

 PRAGUE, (ST)- Ex-Czech Defense Minister Miroslav Kostelka has stressed that the western countries haven't provided any evidence proving their allegations that the Syrian army was responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun chemical incident, casting doubts about the existence of such evidence.

Moscow Questions Findings of a French Report into Alleged Chemical Attack in Khan Sheikhoun

MOSCOW, (ST)-The accusations made by France against the Syrian government in which it claimed that Damascus used chemical weapon in Khan Sheikhoun raise doubts about how French experts have obtained samples from the scene of the incident, the Russian foreign Ministry has stressed.

In a statement published on its website on Thursday, the ministry commented on the findings of the French report on the alleged chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province, saying "France is the third country after Turkey and Britain to have conducted a probe into the chemical attack. The impression is that the above countries either do not trust the OPCW or are trying to steer its investigation in a particular direction."