Nusra Front Terrorists Are Major Obstacle to Reaching "Ceasefire" in Syria

MOSCOW- Amid the worsening situation in Eastern Ghouta, the suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Nusra Front terrorists are the major obstacle to reaching a "ceasefire" in Syria, adding that there's no guarantee that militants will adhere to the cessation of hostilities.

The international coalition doesn't seem to fight against the Nusra Front terrorist group in Syria, Lavrov said on Friday following the meeting with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov, according to Sputnik.

‘Information War Technique’: Russia’s UN Envoy Slams ‘Mass Psychosis’ over Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

Russia’s envoy to the UN has accused mainstream media of leading a “campaign of disinformation,” spearheaded by the so-called White Helmets group, that only complicates the situation in Syria’s terrorist-controlled Eastern Ghouta.

At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, Russia rejected a proposed resolution for a 30-day "ceasefire" in Syria (submitted by Sweden and Kuwait) as “utopian,” while Vassily Nebenzia said that the “propaganda-driven” approach to the coverage of the war was making a peaceful resolution even harder to reach, RT reported.

Iran Criticizes EU Inaction on US Anti-Nuclear Deal Actions

A top Iranian official criticized the European Union's inaction on the US negative actions against the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers in 2015.

'The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an important test for Europe,' Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said in a meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis.

He pointed to the US efforts to jeopardize the nuclear deal and noted that failure of the JCPOA will discredit the international negotiations.

Russia to Support UN- Proposed "Truce" in Syria but Not for Daesh, Nusra, Says Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow will consider supporting UN-proposed "ceasefire", providing it does not cover the Takfiri terrorist groups of Daesh and al-Nusra Front, as well as other militant outfits that are shelling civilians in Syria's militant-held Eastern Ghouta.

The top Russian diplomat made the remarks during a press conference in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Thursday, saying Russia was ready to consider a UN Security Council draft resolution demanding a 30-day truce in the Arab country as long as it did not include the two Takfiri groups and other militants “who are shelling residential quarters of Damascus.”

Peskov: Moscow Considers US Accusations against Russia on Eastern Ghouta Groundless

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that US accusations against Russia on the situation in Eastern Ghouta were groundless.

Sputnik reported that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said earlier in the day that Russia was working within the UN Security Council to prepare a resolution on humanitarian issues in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta.

"We are now working in New York on the draft of the relevant resolution … As regards the humanitarian ceasefire; I think this issue will also be resolved depending on how the development of this draft resolution further goes. This is a resolution on humanitarian issues in general,” Ryabkov told reporters.

Foreign Ministers of Guarantor States May Meet Mid March

ASTANA- Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday that the guarantor states of the cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria (Russia, Iran and Turkey) may hold a meeting on Syria in Astana in mid March, according to SANA.

Russian Sputnik news agency quoted Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman, Anuar Zhainakov, as saying: “we received a proposal for holding the meeting of foreign ministers of the guarantor countries, Russia, Iran and Turkey. A date may be in the middle of March. We expect to receive the official confirmation of the date later.”

Putin and Rouhani Discuss with Erdogan Situation in Syria over Phone

MOSCOW-  Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a telephone conversation with President of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the situation in Syria. Special emphasis was placed on ways of enhancing Astana format cooperation, the Kremlin’s press-service said, according to Itar Tass.

"In discussing the situation in Syria special attention was paid to ways of further enhancing cooperation in the Astana format. The readiness was confirmed for tight coordination of efforts by Russia, Turkey and Iran for the sake of achieving effective operation of the de-escalation zones and advancing the political process in line with the agreements achieved by the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi," the Kremlin’s press-service said.

Top German Diplomat Says Berlin Can 'No Longer Recognize’ America

“We no longer recognize our America,” stated the German Foreign Minister on Saturday, suggesting that Washington is using a new and unfamiliar diplomatic playbook in Europe.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel acknowledged during Saturday‘s Munich Security Conference that Berlin has, since World War II, benefited more from US assistance than any other European country, but decried the current ‘America First' foreign policy of US President Donald Trump and his cabinet.