Lavrov and Tillerson Discuss De-Escalation Zones in Syria

MOSCOW- Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the countries’ cooperation on the de-escalation zones in Syria, Russia’s Foreign Ministry wrote on Facebook on Frida, according to Itar Tass.

China Ready to Take Part in Syrian Peace Talks in Astana

BEIJING- Beijing recognizes the challenges of the Astana negotiations on Syria and is ready to actively contribute to advancing the talks, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at Friday’s regular briefing.

"The goal of the talks in Astana is to end the bloodshed in Syria. It is an important framework along with the consultations in Geneva. China still believes that the Syrian issue should be solved only through political methods - this is the only realistic solution to the situation in the country", she noted.

Theresa May Raises Threat Levels to Critical After London Bombing

LONDON-Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has raised the UK's national threat level to "critical." This means that the British government believes a terrorist attack is imminent, according to Sputnik.

Earlier Friday, at about 8 AM local time, a bomb was detonated in a London metro station, injuring 22. Daesh's propaganda agency claimed that an affiliate group was responsible for the attack.

Putin to Make November Announcement of His Participation in 2018 presidential Race – Report

Russian leader Vladimir Putin will announce his participation in the 2018 presidential race in November of this year, becoming a technically independent candidate in late December or early January, according to Kommersant.

The influential business daily quoted two unnamed sources close to the Russian presidential administration and one inside source as saying that several special meetings dedicated to the upcoming presidential polls were held last week and it was decided that Vladimir Putin’s nomination as presidential candidate will be spread over two stages.

Global Arms Control Experts Warn Trump against Scrapping Iran Nuclear Deal

Over 80 prominent international disarmament experts have urged US President Donald Trump to reconsider his possible plans to unravel Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with six world powers, including the US.

In a Wednesday statement organized by the Arms Control Association, a Washington-based disarmament advocacy group, experts in nuclear nonproliferation diplomacy from around the world hailed the deal as a “net plus for international nuclear nonproliferation efforts,” The New York Times reported.

Pentagon Sent Arms to ISIS and Other Armed Groups in Syria

PRAGUE-The Pentagon provided armed groups fighting the Syrian army with weapons purchased in the Czech Republic and several other Eastern European countries allegedly for the US Defense Department's own needs, the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism reported, according to Sputnik.

According to the center's data, gathered from open sources, the Pentagon purchased obsolete weapons worth $71 million (among which were AK-47 assault rifles, grenade launchers and mortars) in the Czech Republic, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.

Syria Has Liberated 85% of Its Territory from Terrorists, Says Russian Military

The Russian military says the Syrian government has managed to liberate 85 percent of the country from the grips of terrorist groups; some two years after Moscow began a counterterrorism campaign in Syria at the official request of Damascus.

Lieutenant General Aleksandr Lapin, the Russian chief of staff in Syria, announced the news in a press conference held at Hmeymim Air Base in Syria’s western province of Latakia on Tuesday. He added that Syrian forces must now clear the remaining 15 percent of the country, which amounts to 27,000 square kilometers, of terrorists.

Russia Fires Yars ICBM at Test Target 6,000 km Away

 

Russia has successfully completed a test launch of a new-generation RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile from a silo at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

“The main purpose of the launch is to confirm the reliability of rockets of the same class. The warheads successfully reached their target – the Kura testing range in Kamchatka. All aims of the test were achieved,” said a statement from Russia’s Defense Ministry.