Theresa May’s Brexit Plan 'Demeans' UK, Herself, Says Corbyn

Leader of the UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has blasted Prime Minister Theresa May for offering a Brexit plan that “demeans herself and her office and our country's standing.”

Corbyn made the remarks during this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) at the House of Commons, as he engaged in a debate with May over her newly announced plans to take the UK of the European Union (EU).

Months after Britons voted to end the UK’s EU membership in a historic referendum in July, May finally laid out her plans for a “clean” Brexit on Tuesday and said she would ask for the Parliament’s approval before implementing any agreement with the EU.

No Military Solution to Crisis in Syria, Says Zarif

Davos - Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that there is no military solution to crisis in Syria.

Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Zarif said, ' Crisis in Syria has no military solution; rather, we should reach a solution based on which Syrian people can hold talks with each other.'

He said over the past three and half years, we have repeatedly emphasized that we should not predict the outcome of the talks and judge on that basis.'

He added, 'This is our strategy of talks in the Astana session in Kazakhstan and Russia, Iran and Turkey are striving within the same framework; We hope that all the parties to the ceasefire in Syria will come for talks in Astana and end "violence" in the country.'

Cuba: US-Led Coalition Air Raids a Violation against Syria's Sovereignty

Cuba has denounced the US-led coalition's airstrikes in Syria, saying they violate the Arab country’s sovereignty as they are not permitted by Damascus.

Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations Humberto Rivero made the criticism during a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday.

"We demand the cessation of the violations of Syrian sovereignty and the foreign military presence without the consent and the coordination of operations with the Syrian government, the only legitimately elected authority in the country,” Rivero said, according to Press TV.

‘Worse than Prostitutes’: Putin Slams Those behind Trump ‘Leak’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he has no grounds to attack or protect US President-elect Donald Trump, since he does not know him personally. He added though those behind the recent allegations against Trump have "no moral scruples."

"I don't know Mr. Trump personally, I have never met him and don't know what he will do on the international arena. So I have no grounds to attack him or criticize him for anything, or protect him or whatever," Putin said, according to RT.

Russia "Did the Right Thing" by Starting Anti-Terrorism Campaign in Syria: Lavrov

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held his annual press conference to review the results of Russian diplomacy in 2016.

On international terror threat

Sergei Lavrov started his presser by commenting on the issue of the threat of international terrorism, which became the main threat in 2016, according to Russian Foreign Minister.

Moscow regrets the fact that international community "still cannot create a united front against terrorism," Lavrov said.

 "Of course this causes serious concern and regret. Why is this happening? There may be many reasons. We see that the problem of forming common ranks to fight terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking, many other threats, this problem is becoming systematic," Lavrov said at the press briefing. according to Sputnik.

 Lavrov further said that Russia welcomes cooperation on the anti-terrorism effort from any country. He pointed out that Russia is ready to cooperate with the US, EU and NATO on the basis of mutual respect. He stressed that such cooperation must be achieved without imposing foreign values on partners and allies.

Slovakia’s FM Urges EU to Be Active in Reaching Political Solution to Crisis in Syria

Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák has called on the European Union to play an active role in the process of reaching a political solution to crisis in Syria.

He was quoted by the Slovakian television as saying after the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers that priority must be given to ending violence and to fighting terrorist and extremist groups, including ISIS.

Russian, Iranian Top Diplomats Stress Importance of Coordination Ahead of Astana Talks on Syria

MOSCOW- Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov of Russia and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran have stressed the necessity of coordination of efforts between Moscow and Teheran ahead of the intra-Syrian talks due to be held in Kazakhstan’s Astana on January 23, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday, according to Itar Tass.

"The two top diplomats continued the discussion of the situation in and around Syria," the ministry said. "The ministers stressed the necessity of further coordination in the context of the forthcoming intra-Syrian talks in Astana."

"They also discussed a number of issues of bilateral Russian-Iranian cooperation," the ministry added.

Astana Meeting on Syria Doesn’t Substitute Geneva Process

MOSCOW- Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stressed that Astana is getting ready for hosting the talks on Syria, but the meeting doesn’t substitute the Geneva process.

When asked whether Kremlin confirms the invitation submitted to the administration of President-elect Donald Trump to participate in the talks on the Syrian settlement in Astana, he said: "No".

According to Peskov, it "would not say anything particular about the proposal."

"Astana is getting ready, the meeting is being prepared, which is a rather challenging process. It does not substitute for other formats, including the Geneva process, it looks more like supplementary parts," he said, according to Itar Tass.