Bulgarian Parliamentary Friendship Group Reiterates Solidarity with Syria

Group of Parliamentary Friendship with Syria in Bulgaria has reiterated its solidarity with Syrian people in fighting terrorism and its readiness to offer all possible support for them.

The reiteration came during a ceremony held Friday  by the Syrian Embassy in Bulgaria to honor the group's members, according to the official news agency (SANA).

The agency quoted Deputy Speaker of Bulgarian Parliament Mr. Krasimir Karakachanov, who is one of the group's members, as saying that terrorism poses threat to all word peoples and it is supported by several countries, mainly the United States and Turkey.

Obama Waives Restrictions on Military Assistance to Forces Allied with US in Syria

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Wednesday in a memorandum to the US Departments of State and Defense waived restrictions related to providing military assistance to forces allied with the U.S. in Syria, according to a White House press release issued on Thursday, Sputnik reported.

Lavrov: Combat Operations in Aleppo Suspended to Help Evacuate Civilians

The Syrian army suspended combat operations in Aleppo on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"Combat operations by the Syrian army in the eastern part of Aleppo have been suspended because the largest operation of evacuation of civilians from the eastern districts is being carried out. A column of about 8 thousand people, it's a tremendous operation," Lavrov said, according to Sputnik.

The Russian foreign minister said that Western states have not proposed any concrete steps to solve the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo.

 Lavrov said that Russia is aimed to "fight terrorists in Syria till the end" in accordance to a UN Security Council resolution.

Putin Says Russian Hospital in Aleppo Bombed Deliberately, Regrets Weak Reactions by International Organizations

MOSCOW-  Very few human rights defenders raised their voices to condemn the bombing of a Russian makeshift hospital in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the ceremony of awarding human rights activists and charity providers, according to Itar Tass.

"The hospital was attacked deliberately," the president noted. "Very few human rights defenders raised their voices in this connection."

"It is a good thing that one of our good doers [doctor Elizaveta Glinka] has reminded us all about it here in Kremlin," Putin added commenting on the human rights activist’s statement in which she reminded of the death of two Russian nurses.

Crisis in Syria Should Be Resolved in Accordance with Syrian People’s Wishes: India

MOSCOW— Indian Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran has renewed his country’s stance that the crisis in Syria should be resolved in accordance with the wishes of Syria's government and people, pointing out that New Delhi considers Moscow's peace efforts very important, according to Sputnik.

Political Dialogue Only Way to Reach Right and Lasting Solution to Crisis in Syria: China’s Envoy

DAMASCUS, (ST)- China’s Syria Envoy Xie Xiaoyan has stressed that right and lasting settlement of the crisis in Syria can’t be attained except through political dialogue and finding solutions that satisfy the interests of all parties.

Ryabkov: Moscow 'Close to Understanding' with Washington on Aleppo

 MOSCOW-Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Thursday that Moscow and the US are close to reaching an understanding on the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

He added that the two countries had exchanged documents regarding the crisis over the past several days, but he was circumspect about the prospects.

“We are close to reaching an understanding, but I want to warn against high expectations,” Ryabkov said, according to Press TV.

Russian Sappers Start Clearing Aleppo Eastern Districts from Mines

MOSCOW-Bomb disposal specialists from Russia’s international mine-clearing center have started combing the eastern part of Syria’s Aleppo to clear it of mines and unexploded ordnance, the Rossiya-24 round-the-clock television news channel said.

According to Itar Tass, the commander of the mine-clearing group, Ivan Gromov, told the channel in an interview multi-storey buildings in the area were many, so the operation will be very time-consuming.

"We spend much time on examining every tiny wire, because the effects of touching it are anyone’s guess," he explained.