Russian Defense Ministry : Jabhat al-Nusra Attack on North Hama City Breaches Astana Agreement

MOSCOW – General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces stressed that recent Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist attack on the Syrian military sites north Hama province breaches the de-escalation zone agreement of Astana, SANA reported.

In a statement published on Russia Today website, the Russian General Staff indicated that the US intelligence agency stood behind the terrorist attack which took place in the de-escalation zone established in Idleb province with the aim of halting the Syrian army’s victories in the eastern part of Deir Ezzor.

Macron Rules Out Resolution of Syrian Crisis Without Russia

French president says that it is necessary to work with Russia to find a resolution to the crisis in Syria.

NEW YORK — Finding a resolution to the crisi in Syria is impossible without Russian cooperation, French president Emmanuel Macron said in an interview on Tuesday, according to Sputnik.

"Russia is a partner. We have to work with Russia," Macron told CNN. "It's impossible to fix the Syrian situation without Russia… I think on Syria, we can act together. That's important."

Macron said that a constructive partnership with Russia is vital "to make global environment functioning".

UN Ministerial Meeting on Syria to be Held on September 21

UNITED NATIONS- A high-level international meeting on Syria will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 21, on the sidelines of the General Assembly General Debate, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said in an interview with TASS.

"An international meeting on the crisis in Syria will take place on September 21, it will be a broad meeting," the Russian diplomat said according to the Russian agency.

JCPOA Belongs to Whole World, Not Just US, Says Mogherini

European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, says the nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries works fine and belongs to the entire world, not just the United States.

 “I have said many times that the agreement is working fine, [and] the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) [has] confirmed several times that Iran is fulfilling its obligations,” Mogherini said on Monday.

Commenting on the possible US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), she said the agreement was not signed with one country.

“This deal belongs to the international community,” the top EU diplomat said.

Russian Defense Ministry: Russian Warplanes’ Strikes Delivered Exclusively on ISIS Targets

MOSCOW – Russian Defense Ministry affirmed that the strikes of Russian forces operating in Syria are delivered exclusively on targets of ISIS terrorist organization.

“To avoid unnecessary escalation, the command of the Russian forces in Syria gave the US partners an advance notice, through an existing communications channel, on the [territorial] borders within which the military operation in Deir Ezzor would be conducted,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, according to SANA.

Russia Fighting Terrorists in Syria Not to Secure a Foothold in Region – Envoy

Russia's Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said in an interview on Saturday that Moscow seeks to restore peace, and not to gain influence in the region, by carrying out an operation in Syria.

MOSCOW - Moscow is conducting the operation in Syria not to consolidate its position in the Middle East, but to eliminate terrorist groups, which are potentially dangerous for Russia, Lavrentiev said Saturday.

"I want to stress it again that what we are doing now, the Russian side, we are not pursuing any strategic goals to secure a foothold in the region [in Syria]," Lavrentiev told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

Germany Seeks to Restrict Economic Ties with Turkey, Says Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel says Berlin plans to restrict its business with Ankara in an attempt to pressure the Turkish government to release German citizens imprisoned in the country over political reasons, according to Press T.V.

"We will have to further cut back our joint economic cooperation with Turkey and scrutinize projects," Merkel said in a Saturday interview with the PassauerNeuePresse newspaper in response to a question about how to secure the release of 12 German detainees in Turkey.

Rouhani: EU Must Press US to Abide by JCPOA

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has demanded that the European Union pile up pressure on the US to force it to comply with its commitments under the historic nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“We expect the European Union to first of all, completely implement the JCPOA and secondly, exert pressure on the US to live up to its commitments under the JCPOA and to give them a strong message,” Rouhani said during a meeting with President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives Siegfried Bracke in Tehran on Saturday.