Obama's Administration Ensured Cover for Jabhat al-Nusra to Use It in Overthrowing Syria's Legitimate Government

MOSCOW, (ST)-Moscow believes that the administration of the former US President Barack Obama has ensured cover for the crimes of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

"Three years ago, Washington launched its alleged war on Daesh terror organization after the terrorists had killed many Americans, but simultaneously it was ensuring a cover for Jabhat al-Nusra acts hoping to use it later in overthrowing the legitimate government in Syria," Ryabkov explained, as cited by the Russian Sputnilk News Agency during a session for the Russian Duma dedicated to discuss the Russian-American relations.

Russia, China Veto Draft UNSC Resolution on Sanctions against Syria

UNITED NATIONS- Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution imposing sanctions on Syria over alleged use of chemical weapons..

The draft initiated by  the UK, France and the United States got the support of nine countries.

 Along with Russia and China, Bolivia voted against the draft resolution while Egypt, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia abstained.

Astana Ready to Host "Technical Meeting" on Syria

ASTANA, (ST)- Kazakhstan is again ready, if needed, to host a "technical meeting" on Syria at the experts level , according to the Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi.

The Russian news Agency Itar Tass quoted Tileuberdi as saying to reporters "we are waiting for some information which haven't come yet, as Geneva talks are still ongoing, so, based on the progress of these talks, the need for holding technical meetings in Astana  will be assessed."

De Mistura Continues His Meetings with Participants in Geneva Talks amid Disputes among "Opposition" Delegations

GENEVA, (ST)- The UN Chief's Special Envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura on Monday continued for the fifth day his meetings with delegations participating in the Intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.

He was due today to meet "opposition" representatives of Riyadh platform. Yesterday, he met the opposition representatives of Moscow and Cairo platforms.

On Saturday, de Mistura met the Syrian Arab Republic 's delegation to the talks.  Head of the delegation Bashar al-Jaafari said in a press conference following the meeting that the session of talks focused on one point only which is prioritizing fighting terrorism. 

Proposed Resolution on Chemical Weapons in Syria Unacceptable: Gatilov

GENEVA -The Western version of a UN Security Council resolution on chemical weapons, envisaging sanctions against Syria, is unacceptable for Russia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Monday.according to Sputnik.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov said that the proposed UN Security Council draft resolution on chemical weapons use in Syria contradicted the principle of presumption of innocence and prejudged investigation results. On Friday, Safronkov stressed that Russia will veto the UN Security Council’s draft resolution imposing sanctions on Syria over alleged use of chemical weapon.

Putin: Astana Meetings on Syria Paved Way for Geneva Talks

ALMATY- The intra-Syrian talks in Syria have paved the way for the Geneva talks by setting up a mechanism for monitoring the cessation of hostilities in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

"These talks [on Syria in Astana] reached unprecedented results," Putin said. "A mechanism for monitoring the Syrian ceasefire has been established which provided an opportunity to resume the Geneva talks," Itar Tass reported.

Russia: Perpetrators of Barbaric Attacks in Syria’s Homs Must be Brought to Justice

MOSCOW- The deadly bombings in the Syrian city of Homs are barbaric and aim to disrupt Intra-Syrian talks in Astana and Geneva, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday, according to Sputnik

On Saturday, security sources told Sputnik that six suicide attackers had targeted two buildings belonging to Syrian government’s security agencies.

At least 35 people had been killed, including the military security chief of the Homs province. Al-Nusra Front terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Russia to Veto UNSC Resolution Imposing Sanctions on Syria

UNITED NATIONS- Russia will veto the UN Security Council’s draft resolution imposing sanctions on Syria over alleged use of chemical weapon, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told reporters on Friday after the UN Security Council’s closed session, Itar Tass reported.

"I clearly defined my position to the partners, saying that given it (the draft resolution) will be submitted for voting we will veto it, and they know about it," Safronkov said, noting the draft resolution "prejudges results of the investigation" conducted by experts of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The draft resolution is one-sided and "based on insufficient evidence," he said.