Zakharova: White Helmets in Syria Closely Linked to Terrorists

SAMARA- Russia has information that the members of the White Helmets NGO in Syria have close ties with terrorists, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Wednesday.

"We know, we are not just confident, but we know, we have information that the members of the White Helmets have close ties with terrorist groups in Syria, namely Jabhat al-Nusra. This is confirmed by the reports of independent journalists, who visit Syria, and this concerns both Russian and Western [journalists]," Zakharova said, according to Itar Tass.

Pentagon Hasn’t Done Anything to Fight Al-Qaeda in Syria: Ron Paul

Former Congressman and libertarian politician Ron Paul believes the Pentagon hasn’t done anything to fight Al-Qaeda in Syria, and yet continues to denigrate the role of Damascus and Moscow in combating terrorists in the region.

 “The real hypocrisy comes in our justification: we’re there to fight for our constitution, our liberties, and get rid of Al-Qaeda, and Daesh [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL], because Al-Qaeda is the threat. But there’s no evidence that we ever did anything – Al-Qaeda is losing but it was in spite of us,” said Paul on his own talk show on Tuesday. “There’s no evidence we ever did much – it was the Russians and [the Syrian President Bashar] Assad who brought it to the point where we’re just about ready to get rid of Al-Qaeda,” he added, according to RT.

US Leaves UN Human Rights Council

Washington has decided to walk out of the UN Human Rights Council, accusing the body of hypocrisy. The US has long cited concerns about the body’s "anti-Israel bias," according to RT.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley announced the decision at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

“The US is officially withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council,” Haley said, calling it a “hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.”

Large Number of Daesh, Nusra Terrorists Remain in Southern Syria: Lavrentyev

GENEVA-  A large number of militants from the Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra terror groups (both outlawed in Russia) still remain in southern Syria and the Idlib area, Russian Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said following a meeting of the guarantor countries of the Syrian ceasefire (Russia, Iran and Turkey) held in Geneva, Itar Tass reported.

Foreign Troops, Illegally Working in Syria, Should Leave: Zasypkin

BEIRUT, (ST)-Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin has affirmed that all foreign forces illegally working in Syria should leave, urging more efforts to restore security and stability in Syria and to maintain the sovereignty of the state.

In a reception held in Beirut Monday evening marking Russia’s National Day, Zasypkin said the Syrian Arab army and its allies, including Russia, have foiled the global terrorist conspiracy hatched on Syria, reiterating the need to completely uproot terrorism from the country.

Lavrov and Pompeo Discuss Syria in Phone Call

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have had a phone conversation, in which they discussed the resolution of the crisis in Syria based on Security Council Resolution No. 2254, as well as the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to RT.

Resolution No. 2254, which was issued in December 2015, stipulated that the Syrians are the party which must decide the future of their country themselves without any foreign interference and that the terrorist organizations are out of any political process.

Vershinin, de Mistura Hold Meeting on Syria in Geneva

GENEVA-Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin has held a meeting with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Geneva on Monday, a source told TASS.

"Sergei Vershinin has held a working meeting with the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. There has also been a meeting between the Russian delegation and members of the [Syrian opposition]," the source said, according to Itar Tass.

The Russian deputy foreign minister and Russian Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev are representing Moscow at the two-day consultations of the guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire (Russia, Iran and Turkey) that began on Monday.

'I Can't Work with the Woman': Minister Slams Merkel amid Refugee Row, Report Says

The latest words of German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer underscore the growing discord between his party and Merkel's. Seehofer's insistence that Germany must rethink its migrant policy clashes with Merkel's controversial Open Doors policy, threatening the marriage between Germany's two center-right parties as well as the coalition government.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the leader of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union, has become exasperated with his country's Chancellor, reportedly telling fellow legislators “I can’t work with the woman anymore.”