White Helmets Have Been Instrumental in the Justification of US Strikes on Syria

Washington’s decision to resume funding for White Helmets after a brief freeze highlights how important the controversial group is for the US-promoted regime-change agenda, journalists and observers have told RT.

“The Pentagon planners have probably finally realized just how important the White Helmets are to the [regime change operation],” Mike Raddie, co-editor of BSNews and an anti-war activist, told RT. “The fact that they have been so successful in proving fake imagery and fake evidence… just means that they can be relied upon whenever there is a need for a pretext for another missile attack or even a full-scale invasion.”

New OPCW Report on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria Raises Questions: Zakharova

MOSCOW- A report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria’s Hama province on March 24-25, 2017 fails to meet information gathering and analysis criteria and raises questions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.

"It becomes obvious already after the first reading of the report that the methods of the [OPCW] mission’s work are still far from the requirements for gathering and analyzing information on the alleged use of chemical agents that are set forth in the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the OPCW regulatory documents," the Russian diplomat noted, according to Itar Tass.

Abkhazian President: Syria’s Recognition of Abkhazia Independence Has Particular Importance

MOSCOW – Abkhazian President Raul Khajimba affirmed that Syria’s recognition of the independence of the Republic of Abkhazia is of particular importance and that his country is working with Syria and Russia to bring security to Syrian soil and peace to the whole world, SANA reported.

Washington Authorizes Release of $6.6 mln in Funds for White Helmets

WASHINGTON -The US State Department has announced that President Donald Trump has authorized the release of approximately $6.6 million for the White Helmets, which is known of its close link to the terrorist groups in Syria.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Thursday that the U.S. government "strongly supports" the White Helmets.

Recently, Trump's administration announced it had ended funding for the White Helmets after its conspiring role in Syria was uncovered. The group acknowledged that it continued to receive funding from Turkey and Qatar which are involved in supporting terrorism in Syria.

US Wants ‘Major’ N. Korean Nuke Disarmament within 2.5 years – Pompeo

The US is hoping to achieve “major” North Korean nuclear disarmament within 2.5 years, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced. It comes just one day after President Donald Trump's historic meeting with President Kim Jong-un.

RT reported that Pompeo said he will be playing the lead role when it comes to ensuring progress with Pyongyang, and added that he is confident the US would begin its next engagement with North Korea “in the next week or so.”

According to the secretary of state, there were “lots of other places” on which Trump and Kim reached understandings, but were not included in the final Singapore document. Those topics will be revisited when talks resume.

NATO Should Respect 'Indivisible' Security Agreements, Says Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on the NATO military alliance to respect agreements on "indivisible security," criticizing the US-led pact's growing military presence on the Russian borders, according to Press T.V.

Speaking at a at a joint press conference with his visiting Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias in Moscow on Wednesday, Lavrov said it was "unacceptable" for NATO to draw new dividing lines under the pretext of boosting security.

Putin Thanks ‘Entire World Football Family’ for Help in Organizing 2018 World Cup

Vladimir Putin has thanked the “world football family” for its help in organizing the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The much-awaited tournament kicks off June 14 when Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in Moscow’s iconic Luzhniki Stadium.

“Preparation for such a large-scale and bright sporting event is not only the task of the host country. [Such an event is] impossible without a huge number of specialists and enthusiasts of the entire world football family,” the President said. The Russian leader joined the 68th FIFA Congress on the eve of the tournament.

Major Kremlin Administration Officials Retain Positions as Putin Announces Reshuffle

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has singed decrees appointing Kremlin administration officials, which keep major staff members in their positions. Anton Vaino has been re-appointed as administration chief of staff. All of his deputies, as well as most of the president’s aides and advisers have also retained their positions.

Appointment documents have been published on the Kremlin website on Wednesday.