PLO Welcomes France Peace Conference Closing Statement

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has welcomed the closing statement of a Middle East peace conference held in France, "which stressed the need to end the Israeli occupation."

Secretary of PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat made the announcement on Sunday, while calling on France "to immediately recognize the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital."

KSS Says West's Wrong Policy Towards Syria Increases Violence

Leader of Communist Party of Slovakia [Komunisticka Strana Slovenska] ‎Jozef Hrdlička has condemned the terror blast that took place last Thursday in Kafer Souseh area in Damascus, stressing that the brutal crimes being perpetrated by terrorist organizations in Syria are shame on the United Nations Security Council and the International Community which have kept silent about these crimes.

He praised steadfastness of Syrian people, leadership and army, affirming the party's support for Syria in order to preserve its sovereignty and to confront the conspiracy that targets its national stances.

Russian Defense Ministry Surprised by Lack of Assistance to Aleppo Civilians from UN

MOSCOW- Russia’s Defense Ministry is surprised by a lack of assistance to civilians in Aleppo from international organization, though the city has been liberated from militants for a month already, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday, according to Itar Tass.

"Surprisingly, after the period of super-close attention to Aleppo from international organizations, involved in humanitarian demining, a month later there are no initiatives to offer assistance to the people in that city," he said. "Is the UN authority on demining and the Geneva international center for humanitarian demining aware of the fact working in Aleppo since mid-December does not risk lives, and all roads to the city are absolutely free and safe? They do know, for sure."

Putin Discusses with Russian Security Council's Permanent Members Preparations for Astana Talks

Moscow Hopes Astana Talks to Improve Situation in Syria

MOSCOW-Vladimir Putin held a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council.

The participants discussed preparations for the inter-Syrian talks in Astana, including Vladimir Putin’s recent telephone conversations with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

They also touched on current socio-economic issues in Russia.

Russia Interested in broadest representation at Astana talks

The Kremlin has refused to comment on the possibility of US involvement in the upcoming talks on the crisis in Syria to be held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana but noted the need to make sure that the largest possible number of parties is represented at them.

Terrorists Use Mustard Gas, Sarin in Syria, Iraq

MOSCOW — Islamic State, also known as Daesh, and Nusra Front terrorists are using banned chemical weapons, including mustard gas and sarin, in Syria and Iraq, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday, according to Sputnik.

"We are seriously concerned about the recurring instances of "chemical terrorism" in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Iraq," ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told RIA Novosti.

"Especially worrying is the fact that Islamic State [Daesh], Nusra Front and affiliated terrorist groups use not only industrial-grade toxic chemicals, such as chlorine, but also pure chemical warfare agents (mustard gas and sarin)," Zakharova stressed.

Russia has no Compromising Info on Trump or Clinton, Report is ‘Total Bluff’ – Kremlin

Moscow says documents alleging that Russia has compromising information on Donald Trump are a fabrication and a “total bluff.” Russia has never gathered information of this kind on either the US president-elect, or his former rival, Hillary Clinton.

“The Kremlin has no compromising information on Trump. This report does not correspond to reality and is nothing but an absolute fiction,” the deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on Wednesday.

“This is a total bluff, an absolute fabrication, complete nonsense,” he said.

He reiterated that there is no compromising information on Hillary Clinton either, and that the Russian authorities do not accumulate this type of information, “ofcourse not, the Kremlin does not collect compromising information.

The Kremlin [and] the Russian president is engaged in building relationships with our foreign partners, firstly – in the interests of the Russian Federation, in the interests of the Russian people, secondly – in the interests of global peace, stability and security,” Peskov said.

'Syrians Support Their Army': French MP to Sputnik

French MP Jean Lassalle has recently visited Syria together with Thierry Mariani from the Republicans (LR) party and his fellow LR member Nicolas Dhuicq. In an interview with Sputnik France the politician revealed what he did not expect to see on the ground and what the mainstream media had been keeping silent the entire time.

During their trip, the three lawmakers, together with representatives of the French media visited Damascus and Aleppo. The mass media had an opportunity to talk to President Assad. While visiting Syria's second-largest city of Aleppo, they were able to see with their own eyes the actual situation in the city recently liberated from terrorists, which considerably differed from what they have been constantly told by the mainstream media.

"It is clear that the Syrian people in fact do support their army. This army has been single-handedly fighting against the terrorists for about five years. The Russian support has played a decisive role," he told Sputnik France.

West's Coercive Measures against Syria Illegal

Czech lawyer has underscored that the unilateral coercive measures imposed by west on Syria are illegal and they cause suffering to the Syrian people.

Dr. Petr Markvart told the Czech Parliamentary Papers Website that it is necessary to lift these measures immediately. "The optimal solution to the problem of intense asylum seekers wave in Europe is to stop supporting terrorists and to end the unilateral coercive measures imposed on some countries, including Syria."