Putin, Aoun Support Efforts Exerted to Guarantee Return of Displaced Syrians to Their Homeland

MOSCOW, (ST)- President Vladimir Putin of Russia and his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Aoun have renewed their countries' support for Syria 's efforts in the fight against terrorism, reiterating that there is no alternative for political solution to the crisis in Syria.

In a joint statement issued following their meeting in the Kremlin on Tuesday, the two presidents said that Russia and Lebanon respect Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity and affirm that peaceful  and political solution, based on Security Council Resolution No. 2254 and the decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress held in Sochi, is the only way to end the crisis in Syria, according to the Syrian News Agency SANA.

Kremlin: Trump's decision on occupied Syrian Golan will have negative aftermath for Middle East

MOSCOW - US President Donald Trump’s decision to sign a proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan will have negative consequences for the situation in the Middle East, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.

"This decision will definitely have negative consequences both for the Middle East settlement process and the entire atmosphere in the Syrian political settlement. No one doubts about this," Peskov said.

This is another step Washington has taken in violation of international law, he stressed, adding, "We regret this."

On Monday, Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan during talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Russia and Syria as well as key European countries, including Germany and France, had earlier opposed these unilateral moves.

Moscow: OPCW Has Become a Geopolitical Tool for the Interests of Some Countries

Moscow - The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has become a geopolitical tool for the interests of a number of countries, referring to the report issued by the fact-finding mission of the organization on the alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma.

A statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry today, quoted by the agency Sputnik that after the meeting of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which was held in The Hague on March 12 and 15, we have to announce with regret that the West once again showed a destructive approach to everything in one way or another and they can explain the circumstances of what is happening in Syria in this regard.

Guterres: The Position of the United Nations is Stable and Known

New York- Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, met today in New York with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and informed him of the position of the Syrian Arab Republic rejecting and denouncing the statements made by US President Donald Trump, in which he expressed his intention the recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan.

Mr. Al- Jaafari confirmed that the US administration has no right or mandate to decide the fate of the occupied Syrian Golan and that any American action involving aggression against the right of the Syrian Arab Republic to regain and exercise its sovereignty over this occupied territory is illegal and has no effect and it is a breach of the obligations of the United States of America to the provisions of the Charter and the principles of international law.

Germany and Japan: We do not Recognize Israel's annexation of the Golan

Tokyo-Berlin - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas today renewed his country's position that the Golan is Syrian land occupied by "Israel" criticizing US President Donald Trump's remarks on the occupied Syrian Golan

"Our position has not changed in this case and we do not recognize Israel's decision to annex the Golan, based on Security Council resolutions," pointing out that "The Golan is part of Syria." Maas quoted the magazine Contra as saying

A spokeswoman for the German government, Ulrich Dummer, confirmed last Friday that the Golan is Syrian land occupied by "Israel" and that its government rejects unilateral steps about it

Apart from Champs-Elysees: Yellow Vests Hold Protests across France Despite Place Bans

Yellow Vest protests continue in France for the 19th straight weekend. In Paris, they have been banned from demonstrating on the Champs-Elysees, and those daring to violate the ban face fines.

Following the previous violent weekend, French authorities have banned the Yellow Vests from the most popular protest locations, including the Champs-Elysees in Paris, Pey-Berland square in Bordeaux, and the Capitole in Toulouse, according to RT.

Trump's Provocative Statements on Syrian Golan Draw International Condemnation

CAPITALS- The provocative statements made by US President Donald Trump on the occupied Syrian Golan continued to be a source of condemnation and criticism by many countries and parties.

Iraq

 In Baghdad, Iraqi Foreign Ministry affirmed on Saturday that US President Donald Trump’s statements on the occupied Syrian Golan contradict with the international law and give legitimacy to the ocuupation.

“Iraq supports the international legitimacy resolutions issued by the international Security Council which stipulate for ending the occupation,” the ministry said, according to SANA.

Czech President Reaffirms Cooperation between Erdogan and Daesh Terrorist Organization

PRAGUE, (ST)- President of  the Czech Republic  Miloš Zeman has reaffirmed the existence of real cooperation between president of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyib Erdogan and Daesh terrorist organization.

Zeman was responding to Turkish foreign ministry's criticism against his recent remarks in which he said that Erdogan's regime is Daesh's ally.

These information are real, they are facts, Zeman said, noting the existence of evidence about this cooperation.

"Turkey, under Erdogan, used to buy oil from the terrorist organization in special prices. In 2015, more than one oil tanks convoy, carrying stolen Syrian oil from terrorist-held areas, were shelled while heading towards the Turkish borders. This incident provided a tangible evidence about the trade exchange between Daesh and Erdogan's regime," Zeman made it clear.