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.

Putin in Helsinki for Meeting with Trump

HELSINKI- Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Helsinki, where his first full-fledged meeting with US President Donald Trump will be held on Monday. The Russian leader’s plane landed at Helsinki’s airport around 13:00 local time, according to Itar Tass..

The US leader showed up in the Finnish capital on Sunday. Putin and Trump are expected to arrive in the presidential palace in downtown Helsinki, come out for a photo-op and, after that, begin one-on-one talks in the presence of the interpreters. According to the organizers, this part of the summit is to last about an hour and a half.

However, the Kremlin earlier said that there are no time limits, that is, it will depend on the two presidents how long the conversation will last.

French Cops Deploy Tear Gas, Water Cannons to Contain Fan Frenzy after World Cup Win

While a wave of jubilant celebrations has swept across France following Les Bleus’ FIFA World Cup victory, sporadic clashes between police and over-excited fans erupted in several cities amid the nationwide football fest.

As the nation cheered the French 4-2 triumph over Croatia, some hardcore fans could not contain their excitement, somewhat spoiling the historic evening with violence. While most Parisians took to the Champs Elysees, a few rowdy fans started thrashing the side streets of Paris, according to RT.

Parisian law enforcement officers had to deploy tear gas and water cannons to stop unruly groups from vandalizing the streets of the capital, damaging shops and setting trash cans on fire.

Putin, Erdogan Discuss Joint Steps in Syria

MOSCOW-  The Russian and Turkish Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed international issues in a phone conversation, focusing on joint steps in Syria, the Kremlin said on Saturday, according to Itar Tass.

"Pressing regional and international issues have been discussed. Particular attention was paid to joint steps aimed at solving the crisis in Syria on the basis of corresponding resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and the agreements reached within the Astana format," the statement said."

Beijing: Political Solution Is the Only Means for Ending Syrian Crisis

BEIJING- China on Saturday reiterated that the political solution is the only means for settling the crisis in Syria and that the Syrian people are the only ones who decide the future of their homeland, according to SANA.

Sputnik Agency quoted Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Yang Jiechi during the opening of 7th World Peace Forum in Beijing as saying that China’s vision on the crisis in Syria is based on the necessity of adhering to the regional safety and respecting the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria.

Syria to Dominate Putin-Trump Summit, Russian Presidential Aide Says

MOSCOW- Syria will dominate the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, Yuri Ushakov, the Russian presidential aide, told reporters on Friday.

"There are many [issues] in the context of Syria, and if we mention regional conflicts, as I personally see it, Syria will be a focus of the talks between Putin and Trump," the Kremlin official said, according to Itar Tass.

Ushakov pointed out that other crises would be also on the table of the talks, namely North Korea, the Iran nuclear deal and eastern Ukraine.