Fresh Sanctions Remove Hope of Better Relations with the US - Russia

Russia has said the fresh US sanctions imposed against Moscow are tantamount to a "full-scale trade war" and destroy prospects for better relations with Washington, Press T.V reported.

"The hope that our relations with the new American administration would improve is finished," said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

He also said the new sanctions show that the administration of US President Donald Trump is completely powerless.

"The US President's signing of the package of new sanctions against Russia will have a few consequences. First, it ends hope for improving our relations with the new US administration. Second, it is a declaration of a full-fledged economic war on Russia. Third, the Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way. This changes the power balance in US political circles," he said in a Facebook post.

Russian MoD Refutes Allegations of Secret Russian Soldiers Graves in Syria as Rumors

MOSCOW- The Russian Defense Ministry has repudiated information on supposed secret graves of Russian military servicemen allegedly killed in Syria, the ministry’s spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday, according to Itar tass.

"There have been no alleged ‘secret’ graves of Russian servicemen killed in Syria. Attempts to present individuals who have nothing to do with the armed forces, let alone the operation in Syria, as those killed in action are lies from beginning to end," he noted.

UNSC Adopts Resolution Preventing Terrorists from Acquiring Weapons

NEW YORK, (ST)- The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopt a resolution, the draft of which was submitted to the council by Egypt, on preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons.

Egypt's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Amr Abo El-Ata said that the Resolution No. 2370 for 2017 is the first of its kind in terms of dealing in details with the issue of preventing terrorists from getting weapons.

Moscow Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks on Russian Embassy in Damascus

MOSCOW- The Russian embassy’s compound in Damascus came under mortar fire on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that nobody was hurt.

“On August 2, the Russian embassy’s compound in Damascus came under a mortar attack from positions held by terrorist militants,” the ministry said, as cited by TASS.

 “Two shells crashed on the premises of the Russian diplomatic mission and two others [landed] just outside the perimeter fence.” The material damage caused was minimal, according to the statement.

"We strongly condemn terrorist attacks on Russian diplomatic mission in Damascus," the Foreign Ministry statement read, according to Sputnik.

OIC Must Counter Zionist Occupation, Expansionism, Says Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) must never deviate from its main goal, which is to oppose the Israeli regime’s occupation and expansionist policies, according to Press T.V.

“We should not allow anything or anyone to divert this organization’s main goal, which is to promote the Muslim Ummah’s unity, counter Zionist expansionism and occupation, and support the establishment of an independent and sustainable Palestinian state with al-Quds al-Sharif as its capital,” Zarif said in an address to an OIC extraordinary meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday.

Iran Complains to JCPOA Commission over New US Bans, Says Larijani

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic has lodged a complaint with the joint commission supervising implementation of Iran's nuclear deal with six world powers over the new sanctions imposed by the United States on Tehran.

“With regard to the imposition of new sanctions by the US, in addition to diplomatic measures, which should be taken, a complaint had to be filed with the relevant commission (the Iran-P5+1 Joint Commission) and this has been done,” Larijani told reporters on Tuesday.

Trump Lacks Integrity, Is Full of Deception

US President Donald Trump lacks integrity and has spent his whole life in deception, says a former American intelligence linguist, adding that there is a tremendous amount of corruption in the US political system.

“When it comes to Donald Trump, integrity is absolutely absent,” Scott Rickard told Press TV on Tuesday. “[Trump] has spent his whole life in deception and untruthfulness.”

Maduro: I Am Proud to Be Sanctioned Mr. Donald Trump

"Impose whatever sanctions you like but I am the leader of the free people," said Maduro in response to recent U.S. sanctions.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has defended himself against recent sanctions imposed by the United States.

In a public address, Maduro declared, "Impose whatever sanctions you like but I am the leader of the free people."

The comments come after the U.S. Treasury Department announced it will impose sanctions directly on President Maduro.