Russian, Turkish, Iranian Presidents Adopt Joint Declaration on Syria

SOCHI- The presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey have adopted a joint declaration on their countries’ cooperation in resolving the crisis in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters on Wednesday after the trilateral summit.

"The document defines priorities for further cooperation of Russia, Turkey and Iran, which have the upper hand in Syrian issues, and sets concrete tasks for the future," Putin said, according to Itar Tass.

Russia, Iran and Turkey will conduct work on a date and composition of a future Syrian National Dialog Congress in Sochi, he went on.

Pyongyang Says Trump's “Terror Sponsor” Label Is a 'Serious Provocation'

Pyongyang-Donald Trump's decision to label North Korea a “state sponsor of terror” is a serious provocation that will only serve to make Pyongyang more committed to retaining its nuclear arsenal, a senior official has warned.

The move triggered sanctions including restrictions on US foreign assistance and a ban on defence exports and sales, according to UK’s “The Independent” newspaper.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) reacted on Wednesday by calling it a "serious provocation and violent infringement" of the US regime and referring to the Trump administration as "heinous gangsters".

State media outlet KCNA accused the US of having "openly revealed to the whole world its intention to destroy our ideology and system by using all kinds of means and methods".

Putin Stress Importance of Maintaining Syria's Sovereignty, Independence and Territorial Integrity: Kremlin

MOSCOW- Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Donald Trump of the US, who had arranged a telephone conversation, discussed the pressing aspects of the Syrian problem with accounts of the completing military operation against terrorists in Syria, the Kremlin press service said.

 The presidents expressed satisfaction with the conversation that the Kremlin press service called "businesslike and meaningful".

"Putin stressed readiness to facilitate a durable political settlement process in Syria on the basis of the UN Security Council's Resolution 2254 in the spirit of agreements reached in the Astana format and provisions of the Joint Statement the two Presidents endorsed on November 11 at the APEC summit in Vietnam," the report said, according to Itar Tass.

Russia, Iran, Turkey Military Chiefs Meet in Sochi

Military chiefs of Iran, Russia and Turkey have held trilateral talks in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi to coordinate a common counter-terrorism strategy in Syria.

The meeting took place on Tuesday, with the presence of Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri, Russia’s Chief of the General Staff General Valery Gerasimov, and Turkish Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar, the TASS news agency reported.

The talks, which were held on General Baqeri’s proposal, came following the recent liberation of the last areas held by the Daesh terror group in both Syria and Iraq.

Shelling of Russian Embassy in Damascus Won't Weaken Moscow's Resolve to Destroy Terrorism Hotbed in Syria

MOSCOW- Russia’s embassy in Damascus came under mortar shelling from terrorists’ positions. No one was hurt. The building’s wall, electricity lines and water supplies systems were damaged, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"In a mortar shelling of Damascus conducted from terrorists’ positions at about 10:35 local time on November 20, a shell hit the outer fence of the Russian embassy to Syria, which is located close to its dwelling compound," the ministry said, adding that the 122mm mine damaged the building’s wall, electricity lines and the water supplies system.

"No one from among the embassy’s employees was hurt," the ministry said, Itar Tass reported.

Russia Warns against Coddling Terrorists, Stresses Support for Extremists from Abroad Continues

BAKU- Moscow has called for avoiding the practice of employing terrorists active in Syria as a quick fix to achieve short-term goals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said addressing the students of Azerbaijan’s Diplomatic Academy, according to Itar Tass.

According to him, the fight against international terrorism requires joint efforts by the global community. "Both Russia and Azerbaijan stand for fighting the war on terror without any double standards, so that no one could use terrorists as quick fixes in achieving some short-term goals, as we see happening in Syria and some other countries in the Middle East," the Russian top-diplomat stressed.

Lavrov: Russia, Iranian, Turkish Foreign Ministers Agree on all Key Issues Regarding Syria

ANTALYA, Turkey- Foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey Sergei Lavrov, Javad Zarif and Mevlut Cavusoglu at the talks in Antalya on Sunday have reached agreement on all the key issues, the Russian foreign minister told reporters after the meeting.

"We have gathered to discuss certain issues related to preparations for the summit of the three countries’ president, which is due in Sochi on November 22," Lavrov said. "The work was very useful, we have reached agreement on all the key issues," he added, according to Itar Tass.

Six Russian Tu-22M3 Bombers Hit ISIS Targets Near Syria’s Abu Kamal

MOSCOW- Six Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Force hit targets of the ISIS terrorist group near the Syrian city of Abu Kamal on Saturday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, Itar Tass reported.

"On November 18, 2017 six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers delivered air strikes at facilities of the ISIS terrorist group near the city of Abu Kamal (Deir ez-Zor province)," the ministry said, noting the bombers had destroyed military personnel, hardware and weapons of the militants.