Attempts to Hand over Powers of the UN SC to the OPCW "Complete Nonsense": Shulgin

THE HAGUE- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has changed its mandate to get past Russia’s veto at the UN Security Council, transferring some of its functions to OPCW, Russia's Permanent Representative to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin stated during Wednesday’s briefing, according to Itar Tass.

"Our Western partners are forcing this mission with tenacity that would be better applied elsewhere. It is clear why they do this - they want to bypass Russia’s veto in New York," he said.

ICSFT Affirms Need to Support Syria against Terrorism

GENEVA, (ST)- The International Council Supporting Fair Trial and Human Rights (ICSFT) has reiterated the need to end the war imposed on Syria and to support the country's people, army and leadership in the confrontation of terrorists and help them restore security and stability.

In a statement during the 38th normal session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the ICSFT affirmed that "today, Syria is the spearhead of legitimate resistance against heinous schemes targeting human beings and their rights".

Russia May Become Council of Europe's Main Sponsor Again if PACE Sanctions Waived

STRASBOURG- Russia is prepared to become the major sponsor of the Council of Europe [CoE] again and to resume the payments of membership fees to it in full on the condition changes are made in the regulations of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [PACE] and the clauses allowing to strip the national delegations of powers go, Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the State Duma committee for international relations said on Tuesday.

Erdogan Wins Presidential Election: Government Spokesman

A Turkish government spokesman announced Sunday that Turkish President RecipTayyip Erdogan had won his re-election with 52.8 percent of the vote.

Commenting on his victory, Erdogan called on his country to focus on the future after the election, and renewed his determination to improve "rights and freedoms" in the country.

He urged that his re-election was a public mandate and that there would be "no turning back" on the economic path he and his ruling AKP party had plotted for the country.

US Bent on Destroying Nuclear Deal, Says Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif says the United States is determined to destroy a key 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries in a bid to force Iran to walk away from the deal.

Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with representatives of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture on Sunday, several weeks after the US move to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). US President Donald Trump has also vowed to re-impose nuclear sanctions on Tehran.

Moscow: OPCW Missions in Syria Violate Chemical Weapons Convention

MOSCOW- The OPCW’s missions in Syria violate the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention, Major-General Igor Kirillov, Chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense Troops, said on Friday.

"The remote nature of investigations as well as the collection, analysis and use of the documents obtained without specialists’ trips to the alleged sites of chemical weapons use, is in direct contradiction to the Convention’s provisions," Kirillov told reporters at a joint press briefing of the Russian Foreign Ministry and Russia’s Defense Ministry, Itar Tass reported.

Lavrov: We Do not Trust Information Included in UN Reports on Situation in Syria

 MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the information included in UN reports on the situation in Syria depends on committees that have not conducted investigations on the ground, according to SANA.

”We do not trust any information from the UN reports on the situation in Syria because they rely on committees that have not conducted investigations on the ground,” Lavrov told a joint press conference with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Moscow Thursday.

 In turn, Guterres stressed the importance of joint efforts aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria.

Russia Welcomes US Pullout from UNHRC, Says Council Can Work Better Now

Russia has welcomed the United States' pullout from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), saying the body has lost nothing and can operate more freely now.

"I cannot say that the council lost anything," Russia’s permanent representative at the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, said Wednesday.

 "Moreover, I hope that in the wake of the United States’ walkout there will be less politicization, double standards and confrontation," he added, according to Press TV.