Zakharova: Unilateral Coercive Economic Measures against Syria Are Harming Its People

MOSCOW-Russian Foreign Ministry affirmed that the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed on Syria are harming the Syrian people and impeding the process of rebuilding the country, calling for lifting them.

According to SANA, the Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow welcomes any initiatives by the international community aimed at providing practical assistance to Syria and its people and achieving a settlement based on the international law, foremost of which is the UN Security Council Resolution No.2254.

Albright Goes Off on Trump, Calls Him 'Gift That Keeps Giving to Putin'

Madeleine Albright's remarks blasting the president over his performance in Helsinki are the latest in her long-running feud with Donald Trump.

"I think Trump is the gift that keeps giving to Putin," Albright said, speaking to MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Claiming that the president "doesn't understand what his responsibilities are as the president of the United States," the octogenarian former secretary of state said she was most concerned about "what went on in that meeting where nobody [else] was [present]."

"I found very interesting in the picture before they go in to their private meeting is Putin is sitting there with a pad of paper. I've been with Putin. He takes notes. He is very smart, and there is no idea what President Trump did in there, and what he promised, and revealed."

Trump Efforts to Split EU ‘Are in Vain’, Juncker Says

 European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said US efforts to split the EU on trade “are in vain,” in a message Wednesday to President Donald Trump before their talks in Washington next week.

Juncker, who heads the powerful executive arm of the 28-nation European Union, will visit the White House on July 25 to try to convince Trump to drop tariffs on metals and avoid further duties on cars.

He told a press conference that he “would like to make the US president understand” a key point on trade while admitting he had tried unsuccessfully with him before.

“The European Union and its single market are indivisible,” the former Luxembourg premier said when asked about Trump’s bid for bilateral deals.

Europe Strongly Backs its Firms in Iran in post-JCPOA Era

TEHRAN - European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said that European Union will throw its heavyweight on European companies in sanctions period.

She criticized US unilateral policies in the international arena with regard to Iran's nuclear dossier and said, “EU intends to support its companies in Iran legally after US pullout from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

EU and Tehran consider legal procedures in order to protect European companies active in Iran from US sanctions, she maintained.

Russian Ambassador Affirms No ‘Secret Deals’ Struck between Putin, Trump in Helsinki

MOSCOW - No secret agreements were reached at the bilateral US-Russian presidential summit in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, Russian President Vladimir Putin clarified everything openly, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov told reporters at a press briefing in the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin told [reporters] everything. There were no secret agreements," he affirmed. "They [agreements] were announced clearly. There were talks about Syria and Ukraine, experts were instructed to work on that area."

Terrorist Organizations Bear Responsibility for Civilian Casualties in Syria: Putin

 MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that terrorist organizations in Syria bear responsibility for civilian casualties, Mehr news Agency reported.

In an interview with American Fox News T.V channel Russian President Vladimir Putin replied to a question on the allegations that “Russia bombed Aleppo and Ghouta” by saying “You know, when there is warfare going on – and this is the worst thing that can happen for humankind – victims are inevitable, and there will always be a question of who’s to blame. I think it is the terrorist groups, particularly ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra who are to blame who destabilized the situation in the country.”

Putin Calls Summit with Trump First Step towards ‘Clearing Backlog’ of Problems in Russia-US Relations

Moscow and Washington Have Necessary Components for Cooperation in Settling Crisis in Syria, says Putin

HELSINKI- Russian President Vladimir Putin has called his summit talks with US President Donald Trump the first move towards "clearing the backlog" of problems in relations between the two countries.

"Of course, numerous problems persist, and we have failed to clear the backlog in full, it was impossible to do this, but I believe we have made the first important step in that direction," Putin told a news conference after the summit talks in Helsinki on Monday, Itar Tass reported.

The talks with Trump were useful and successful, according to Putin.

China, EU Affirm Support for Political Settlement in Syria

BEIJING-China and EU affirmed their support for the political settlement to the crisis in Syria in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2254.

The remarks came in a joint communique issued by the 20th China-EU Summit held in Beijing on Monday, according to SANA.