Russia Urges All Sides Fighting Terrorism in Syria to Coordinate Actions with Syrian Government

MOSCOW – Russia is calling on all forces fighting terrorism in Syria to coordinate their actions, including with Damascus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

"We are calling on those who were invited by the legitimate government and those who are there without such invitation, but who declared fighting terrorists their goal, to coordinate their actions. This includes coordination with the Syrian government as well," he told a press conference, according to Sputnik.

Terrorists Returning from Syria and Iraq Roaming Free on Britain’s Streets

LONDON, (ST)- Terrorists returning from Syria and Iraq, estimated at 400 ones, are roaming free on the streets of Britain, posing imminent threat to citizens and alarming that the United Kingdom may be exposed to fiercer terrorist attacks than the one hit near the UK Parliament last week, according to the “Daily Mail” British Newspaper.

A report published by the newspaper on Sunday said that with the defeats and losses inflicted upon ISIS terrorist organization in Syria and Iraq, Britain will face an imminent danger represented by the growing number of British terrorists returning home. The daily pointed out that thousands of Britons have travelled to Syria to join the takfiri organization, noting that 400 of them have returned but only 54 have been prosecuted.

Moscow disappointed over new US sanctions against Russian companies - Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW- Russia’s Foreign Ministry expresses disappointment over the US authorities’ decision to introduce sanctions against 8 more Russian companies, the ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page.

"The US administration’s decision to introduce restrictions against a number of Russian organizations, including those linked to aircraft construction and training aviation specialists, raises eyebrows and arouses disappointment," she said, according to TASS.

De Mistura Urges Russia, Iran, Turkey to Take Measures to Uphold "Ceasefire" in Syria

GENEVA – UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in a statement on Saturday expressed deep concern over growing violations in recent days that undermine "ceasefire" in Syria in the provinces of Damascus, Hama and other places in the country and urged Iran, Russia, Turkey and the United States to undertake urgent measures to uphold the ceasefire.

"The growing violations in recent days are undermining the ceasefire regime addressed through the Astana meetings, with significant negative consequences for the safety of Syrian civilians, humanitarian access and the momentum of the political process," the statement reads, according to Sputnik.

Russia Blocks 23.000 ISIS Propaganda Online Pages

Russia has blocked thousands of ISIS propaganda online pages, according to Izvestia newspaper.

The paper reported Friday that Russia’s telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor blocked over 23.000 pages promoting for the ISIS terror organization in Russia.

Britain Opposes Russian-Chinese Suggestion for UNSC to Adopt Resolution on Chemical Terrorism Threat

UNITED NATIONS- Russia and China have reiterated their suggestion that the United Nations Security Council adopt a resolution aimed at preventing poisonous substances from falling into the hands of terrorists active in Syria and Iraq. Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told reporters that a draft resolution had been put forward at a close-door meeting initiated by Moscow, Itar Tass reported.

The draft resolution was reviewed in 2016 but the western members of the UN Security Council did not support it. According to Safronkov, the document has not lost its importance particularly in light of the recent media reports on chemical attacks carried out in the Mosul area by militants of the so-called "Islamic State" terror group (outlawed by Russia). "We need to launch serious work based on facts. Experts say that chemical terrorism threat in the Middle East is real," the Russian diplomat added.

Russia Suggests Setting up International Coalition for Demining Operations in Syria

UNITED NATIONS-Russia suggests that an international coalition should be set up for demining operations in Syria, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Yevgeny Zagainov said at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

"Syria is the only place in the world where the need for demining is so strong," he said following the adoption of a resolution for the protection of heritage. According to the Russian diplomat, the legendary city of Palmyra has become a symbol of the hard times that the Syrian people have been going through. "The jewel of the human civilization was first seized by terrorists but then liberated again. Our duty is to help restore this historic site for the sake of Syrians and the whole world," Zagainov stressed, according to Itar Tass.

Violators of Cessation of Hostilities Agreement Will Face Unenviable Destiny: Borodavkin

GENEVA – Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva condemned the terrorist organizations’ breaches of the cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria, adding that those who commit the violations will face unenviable destiny.

The Russian Tass News Agency quoted Borodavkin as saying that the situation has become more difficult after the recent attempt by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization and other opposition groups to attack Damascus and firing shells on the residential neighborhoods causing human losses, stressing the need to put an end to such acts, SANA reported.