OPCW: A Fact-Finding Team Will Start Investigation into Alleged Chemical Attack in Douma Next Saturday

THE HAGUE– The Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said that a team of international chemical weapons’ experts is heading to Syria in order to investigate into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma city in Damascus Countryside, according  to SANA.

The OPCW spokesperson said that the organization has sent a fact-finding team to Syria, and it will start its mission on Saturday, April 14th.

Saber-Rattling against Syria Tramples on UN Charter: Zakharova

MOSCOW-Threats to use force against Syria blatantly violate the United Nations Charter, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"A threat to use force against a UN member state is, in itself, a blatant violation of the organization’s charter," she said. "This is the organization the US ambassador to the United Nations has been so active in, thus confirming its legitimacy," Zakharova added, according to Itra Tass.

Given the statements we’ve been hearing from the US ambassador, we would like to have an answer to the following question: will a threat to use force against a sovereign state be legitimate? To say nothing of how far Syria has come in the fight against international terrorism, struggling to protect its sovereignty," Zakharova noted.

Frances' Macron Defends Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

President Emmanuel Macron has defended France's arms sales to Saudi Arabia which is engaged in a deadly war against its neighbor Yemen.

"France has adopted a very specific arms process, with an existing commission that has reinforced its rules of distribution whereby all sales of military equipment are analyzed on a case-by-case basis and on the basis of reinforced criteria that reflect respect for international humanitarian law and the risk of harm to civilian populations," said Macron at a joint conference with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in France on Tuesday.

Putin: World is Getting More Chaotic, but We Hope Common Sense Will Prevail

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed hope that “common sense” will eventually prevail in the modern world, which is becoming “more chaotic.” The current international situation is very troubling, he added.

 “The state of world affairs invokes nothing but concerns, the situation in the world is becoming more chaotic,” Putin said on Wednesday during a ceremony to welcome new ambassadors to Russia.

Nevertheless, we still hope that common sense will eventually prevail and international relations will enter a constructive course, the entire world system will become more stable and predictable.”

Iran, China to Expand Nuclear Cooperation

Tehran’s ambassador to Beijing says Iran and China are set to expand their cooperation in the area of peaceful nuclear energy within the framework of the 2015 multinational nuclear agreement.

Ali Asqar Khaji made the remarks at the Seminar on China-Iran Civil Nuclear Cooperation under the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name of the nuclear deal, to which Beijing is a signatory.

The Iranian diplomat further praised Beijing’s role in the conclusion of the accord, criticizing the stance of the US under President Donald Trump, who has threatened to withdraw Washington from the JCPOA.

Russia to Respond Instantly, If Its Troops in Syria Hit by US Strike

First deputy chairman of the Russian upper house's Defense Committee, Yevgeny Serebrennikov said Wednesday that Russia will respond immediately if its military in Syria gets hit by a possible US airstrike.

Russia’s Hmeymim airbase in Syria, as well as Russian servicemen deployed in, are under firm protection as the United States is anticipated to carry out airstrikes in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapon attack in the city of Douma, Serebrennikov, told Sputnik.

‘Smart Missiles’ Should Hit Terrorists, not Legitimate Government — Russian diplomat

MOSCOW- "Smart missiles" should fly towards terrorists and not the legitimate government, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page commenting on US President Donald Trump’s tweet that Russia should be ready to shoot down missiles fired at Syria.

"Smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not the legitimate government which has been fighting against international terrorism in its territory for several years," Zakharova said, according to Itar Tass.

UNSC Fails to Pass 3 Resolutions on Alleged 'Chem Attack' in Syria as Russia Calls for Restraint

UNITED NATIONS-The Russian envoy to the UN called on the West to "refrain from plans" it might be harboring for Syria, after three consecutive resolutions to investigate the alleged recent chemical attack near Damascus failed to pass.

According to RT, The latest resolution to fail was a Russian-sponsored draft backing an Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) fact-finding mission at the site of the alleged attack in Douma. The draft received five votes in favor (Russia, China, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Bolivia), four votes against (the US, the UK, France and Poland) and six abstentions, falling short of the minimum nine votes required for adoption.