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Bogdanov, Haddad discuss developments in Syria, multi-faceted Syrian-Russian cooperation

MOSCOW, (ST)- The Russian President’s Special Envoy to the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Syria's Ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad discussed during a meeting on Friday developments in Syria and the region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

The two diplomats talked about tangible steps to enhance multi-faceted Russian-Syrian cooperation, the statement added. 

Nebenzya: US Coercive economic measures imposed on Syria, illegal and they impede political solution

NEW YORK, (ST)-  The unilateral coercive economic measures imposed on Syria are illegitimate and they impede the political solution to the crisis in the country, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya said on Friday during a Security Council session.

He made it clear that the illegal unilateral sanctions, being used as a collective punishment tool to create social discontent, block the efforts being exerted to realize peace in Syria.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing that the US restrictions are stalling the process of political settlement in Syria, worsening the sufferings of the Syrian people and hampering  the work of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva.

 Nebenzya also criticized the recent open recognition of US President Donald Trump that he considered targeting President Bashar al- Assad.

"We have recently heard about plans for targeting a president of a sovereign state..what kind of policy is this if it is not the policy of regime change?," Nebenzya asked, calling all the parties that disrespect the international law to abandon such behavior, in a clear reference to the United States.

Scores of Palestinians injured in the weekly anti-settlement demonstration in the West Bank

Occupied Jerusalem (ST): Scores of Palestinians were injured and others suffered from suffocation as a result of the Israeli repression of the weekly anti-settlement demonstration in Kafr Qaddoum village which demanded the opening of the street of the village that has been closed for 17 years to the east of Qalqilyeh in the West Bank.

The Coordinator of the popular resistance in Kafr Qaddoum Murad Shteiwi told WAFA news agency that the occupation troops broke into the village and used live ammunition and gas bombs against the demonstrators causing the injury of three Palestinians including a journalist and scores of suffocation cases.

Bachelet warns against exacerbation of human rights violations committed by the Turkish regime & terrorists in the north of Syria

Geneva (ST): The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has warned against the aggravation of human rights violations committed by the Turkish regime and the terrorist organizations affiliated to it in the areas it occupied to the north of Syria.

In a statement published on the internet by UN High Commission for Human Rights, Bachelet said that during the past few months gross violations were perpetrated in the areas of Efrin, Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ein and other nearby areas including killing, abduction and confiscation of lands.

She added that the infighting between terrorist organizations stationed in these areas resulted in the fall of civil victims and the destruction of infrastructure, stressing that these terrorist organizations seized houses of civilians and public and private properties.

Bachelet went on to say that the UNHCR has documented acts of abduction for children and women demanding that the Turkish regime abide by international law and guarantee the halt of the crimes committed by the terrorist organizations stationed to the north of Syria.

Lavrov reiterates Russia’s rejection and denunciation of the US unilateral measures against Syria

Moscow (ST): Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated the rejection of his country for the unilateral coercive measures being imposed on Syria, pointing out that the so-called Caesar Act and other Western measures have done harm to the Syrian people in the first place contrary to the claims of the West.

Interviewed by Sputnik News Agency, Lavrov said that Russia would not stop denouncing the US unilateral measures, noting that the UN adopts special resolutions in which it announced that the unilateral measures are illegal and illegitimate.

Lavrov also referred to the call made by the UN Secretary General in which he demanded halting the unilateral measures imposed by western states against any developing country.

Earlier, Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, said that the Western states which are imposing coercive economic measures against Syria will not be able to cover the repercussions of their economic terrorism against the Syrian people, indicating that that their humanitarian allegations will not hide the truth of their crimes which aim at putting additional pressure on the Syrian state and hindering the reconstruction process and the return of the displaced Syrians.