Foreign Intervention in Syria's Internal Affairs Hinders Reaching Political Settlement in the Country

MOSCOW, (ST)- Russian Muslim and Christian men of religion have stressed that foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs hinders reaching political settlement in the country, expressing their confidence that the Syrians are able to solve the crisis in their country if such intervention stops.

In a press conference on Sunday, the Russian religious men, who recently visited Syria, are determined to cooperate with their brothers in Syria in efforts to attain peace. They criticized the continuous western accusations against the Syrian government on the use of chemical weapon.

Until There Are Facts on Election Meddling, It’s All Just Blather – Lavrov on Mueller Indictment

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has again dismissed claims of Russian meddling in the US election, saying that until facts are presented by Washington, they are nothing but “blather.”

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday, he said that “Until we see facts, everything else will be just blather.”  When asked to comment on the indictment of Russian nationals and companies in the US over alleged meddling in the 2016 US election, the foreign minister answered:“You know, I have no reaction at all because one can publish anything he wants. We see how accusations, statements, statements are multiplying.”

EU Not Seeking Revenge for Brexit, Says EU's Juncker to UK

The head of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker vows to uphold security ties between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Britain leaves the bloc, saying he does not want to take “revenge” on Britain for Brexit vote, Press T.V reported.

In a reaction to British Prime Minster Theresa May’s calls for a new security partnership with the European Union at the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany, Juncker said on Saturday that he wanted to see security cooperation continue, but warned security cooperation should not be “mixed up” with other Brexit-related issues.

“I believe since we are not at war with the UK and since we do not want to take revenge on the UK for what the British people have decided, so this security alliance, this security bridge between the UK and the EU will be maintained, we still need it,” he said at the Munich Security Conference.

Rouhani: Iran-India Historical Ties beyond Diplomatic Cooperation

New Delhi– President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that historical relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and India are beyond diplomatic cooperation.

President Rouhani made the remarks in a special ceremony for signing and exchange of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries during which he expressed satisfaction with the current level of cooperation between the two sides.

Indian Premier Narendra Modi was also present in the signing ceremony on Saturday.

HRW: Hidden Landmines Left by Daesh Injure Raqqa’s Returning Residents

Daesh was ousted from Raqqa, their so-called de facto capital, in October 2017 by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Residents of the ruined city have slowly begun to return to their homes - only to find that their town has been turned into a mine-filled death trap, Sputnik reported.

Daesh has left landmines all over the city: in piles of rubble, inside refrigerators and wherever else they can fit them. The UN estimated that between 50 and 70 Syrians were being wounded or killed a week due to the intense mining of the city, and Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that they've documented 491 injuries from mine blasts since the city's liberation — including 157 wounded children.

Lavrov: US Plans to Isolate Vast Part of Syria

MOSCOW- Washington is seeking to isolate and cut off a vast part of Syria’s territory, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Euronews television channel on Friday.

"They [the United States] seem to be seeking to isolate a vast part of the Syrian territory from the rest of the country in violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said, according to Itar Tass.

Takfiri Groups, a Creation of West to Divide Muslims: Rouhani

 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the West has created Takfiri outfits that have nothing to do with the holy faith of Islam in a bid to sow discord among Muslims.

Rouhnai made the remarks in a meeting with a group of elites, religious clerics and leaders of the Muslim community in the Indian city of Hyderabad on Thursday.

"The Western world has made Muslim countries preoccupied with themselves through creating discord among them," he said, according to Press TV.

"The existing differences are while Shias and Sunnis lived brotherly together for centuries, where in Iraq and Syria all religions had peaceful coexistence," Rouhani added.

Zakharova Slams Reports on Numerous Russian Deaths in Syria as Terrorist-Produced Fake News

MOSCOW- The bogus stories about hundreds of Russians allegedly killed in Syria in an air raid by the US-led coalition was launched by armed groups, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday, according to Itar Tass.

Western media’s reports about dozens and even hundreds of Russians killed in Syria in an attack carried out by the US-led coalition, is a classic example of disinformation, she said.

"Reports about the death of dozens and even hundreds of Russian nationals are a classic example of disinformation," she said. "There were not 400, 200, 100 or even ten (who died), according to preliminary information. Five people, who allegedly were Russian citizens, may have been killed. Several people suffered wounds but it requires verification, particularly as to whether all of them are Russian nationals," Zakharova said.