Russia Tells US to Remove Nuclear Weapons from Europe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on Washington to remove its nuclear weapons deployed in Europe.

The top Russian diplomat said US nukes deployed in Europe needed to be returned back to US territory.

Lavrov made the remark in a speech on Friday at an international non-proliferation conference in Moscow.

Astana Talks on Syria to be Held on October 30-31: Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry

ASTANA-The 7th international meeting in Astana to resolve the crisis in Syria will be held on October 30-31, the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan said in a statement, according to Itar Tass.

"As agreed by the countries acting as guarantors of the ceasefire, the seventh international high-level meeting on Syria as part of the Astana process will be held on October 30-31, 2017," the statement said.

The ministry reminded that the sixth round of talks was held in Astana on September 14-15.

Putin: Russia Fighting Terrorists Jointly with Legitimate Syrian Government

MOSCOW, (ST)- President Valdimir Putin of Russia has renewed his country's support for the Syrian government in its war on terrorism.

Speaking at the 14th annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, Putin said "Russia is fighting terrorists jointly with the legitimate government of Syria and other states of the region in accordance with international law," stressing that the Syrian experience has shown there is alternative to any destructive policy.

 The president added that certain countries are not fighting terrorism but are just imitating "strikes" instead.

Astana Process Contributes to Finding Political Solution to Crisis in Syria

MOSCOW, (ST)- President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan has underscored that "Astana talks on Syria have laid the foundation for the cessation of hostilities in the country.

During a ceremony on Wednesday for presenting the credentials of the ambassadors of several countries to Kazakhstan, Nazarbayev said "Astana process laid the base for the cessation of hostilities and political solution to crisis in Syria. "Together with other political tracks, Astana meetings contribute to attaining peace, security and development in all parts of the world," he added.

Stop Trump’s Mocking of JCPOA, Iran Asks International Community

 Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo has urged the international community to stop US President Donald Trump from mocking the nuclear deal, saying it undermines all non-proliferation regimes.

“The international community should not allow the US administration to continue to mock and undermine the JCPOA, that would, in turn, undermine the non-proliferation regime as a whole,” said Khoshroo (seen below) while addressing First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

His remarks came a few days after Trump refused to formally certify that Iran was complying with the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement.

While Trump did not pull Washington out of the nuclear deal, he gave the US Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions against Tehran those were lifted under the pact. Reimposing sanctions would put the US at odds with other signatories to the accord and the European Union.

US Support for Saudis Highlight Trump’s Indifference to Human Rights, Says Analyst

The US government’s support for Saudi Arabia in its brutal war against Yemen highlights that Washington and Riyadh threaten human rights and are indifferent to human suffering, says an American analyst.

“Human rights matter for the United States as rhetorical device to allow intervention in various countries’ affairs,” said Don DeBar, a political commentator and radio host in New York.

“Does the United States care about human rights? Certainly their alliance with the Saudis in an illegal war on Yemen indicates not,” DeBar told Press TV on Tuesday.

US Society ‘Based on Leaks,’ but Proof of Russian Election Meddling Never Emerged, Says Lavrov

Almost a year has passed since the US launched a probe into Russia’s alleged election meddling, but not a single piece of factual evidence has been leaked to the media, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, branding the claims part of US political infighting.

“While the majority of Democrats cannot get over their resentment over the loss of their candidate in the presidential election, and a significant part of the Republicans are annoyed with the unsystematic nature of the current administration, including the president, this anti-Russian story and hysteria unfolding in the US reflects a domestic political struggle,” Lavrov said at the 14th annual Valdai Discussion Club meeting at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday.

Former French Minister Fabius Should Face Questions in Lafarge-ISIS Probe – NGO

The French anti-corruption association Sherpa has called for former French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to be questioned over payments made by cement maker Lafarge to the so-called “Islamic State” terror group, according to Radio France International (RFI).

Sherpa is one of 12 civil plaintiffs in a case against Lafarge over payments it made to ISIS and other armed groups to keep its operations in Syria running during the ongoing war.

Lafarge clung on in Syria for two years after most French companies had left. ISIS eventually took over its northern Jalabiya plant in September 2014.

To ensure protection of its staff between 2013 and 2014, Lafarge Cement Syria paid between $80,000 and $100,000 a month to various armed groups, including $20,000 to ISIS, according to a source close to the year-old investigation.

Lafarge has admitted to "unacceptable mistakes committed in Syria".