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.

Capability, Efficiency of Russian Weaponry Manifest Themselves in Struggle against Terrorists in Syria: Putin

MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he was content with how domestic weapons were proving their worth in the war on international terrorism.

"The capabilities of Russian weaponry, its exceptional reliability and efficiency manifest themselves in the struggle against terrorists in the Syrian Arab Republic and the counteraction of terrorism in the entire Middle East," the Russian leader said at a session of the commission for Russia’s military and technical cooperation with foreign countries, according to Itar Tass.

Five People Killed, at Least 40 Injured in Attacks outside UK Parliament

Five people were killed and at least 40 were injured outside the UK Parliament in London after an assailant plowed a car into pedestrians and stabbed a police officer, an incident that Metropolitan Police has declared a terrorist incident, according to Press TV.

Three police officers and two pedestrians were killed during the Wednesday attacks on Westminster Bridge near the House of Parliament, said Scotland Yard's top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley.  

Authorities have declared the attack a "terrorist incident," while also saying in a statement investigators "remain open minded to the motive."

Moscow, Ready to Help UN Implement 'Four Baskets' on Syria

MOSCOW- Russia is prepared to assist the political settlement in Syria and help the United Nations in implementing the"four baskets" or core issues of debate, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the meeting with UN special envoy on Syria, Staffan De Mistura.

"We appreciate this chance to meet shortly after the round of Astana talks ended and a day before the start of intra-Syrian consultations in Geneva," Lavrov said. "This is an important moment." Itar Tass reported.

"We will help you coordinate efforts on the "four baskets" - constitution, governance, elections and war on terror," Lavrov said. "All this was included in the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2254."

"We want to listen to your ideas, it is important for us to assist in achieving progress in the political settlement," he said.

UN: Parties that Attended Previous Syrian Dialogue Rounds Confirmed Participation in 5th Round of Geneva Talks

GENEVA– The United Nations announced on Tuesday that all the Syrian parties that took part in the previous Syrian-Syrian talks confirmed their attendance in the fifth round of Geneva talks.

UN spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci said on Tuesday that the UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura noted that “All invitees who had already attended the previous round of talks in February 2017 have confirmed their participation, according to SANA.

Vellucci was quoted as saying to reporters that de Mistura would not be on hand for the recommencement of the talks, but his deputy, Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, would “engage the parties bilaterally” when talks restart in Geneva on Thursday.

Moscow Has No Plans to Deploy New Military Base in Syria: Russian Defense Ministry

MOSCOW- Russia does not plan to deploy a new military base on the territory of Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

"There are no plans to deploy new Russian military bases on the territory of Syria," the Defense Ministry said in a statement, according to Itar Tass.

Under the Russian-Turkish accords of December 30, 2016, Russia’s Center for Reconciliation is exercising round-the-clock monitoring of the ceasefire, the Defense Ministry said.