ALMATY (Sputnik) - The Council of Foreign Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has adopted a statement on the Russia-US Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, adding that no state is interested in undermining the INF.
Saudi Arabia has increased its oil production ahead of an OPEC meeting, according to the Wall Street Journal. This is a sharp turn for Riyadh, which has curtailed output for the past two years. Radio Sputnik discussed this with University of Reading Associate Professor Nafis Alam.
Responding to mass anti-austerity protests held in Jordan, a number of Gulf States have offered the kingdom $2.5 billion to help it overcome an economic crisis.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least 19 civilians have been injured and 15 security personnel killed in three separate attacks in Afghanistan, the Pajhwok Afghan News agency reported. According to the TOLO broadcaster, 12 more Afghans have been killed and 31 injured in a fourth attack, a suicide bombing in the south of the Afghan capital.
Sputnik has reached a source in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who said that the United States is continuing to supply armed units under the framework of their operation in Deir ez-Zor province.
Ali Larijani, speaker of Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly, said that if Europe is to save the historic 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal, it must announce decisions “explicitly and swiftly.”
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an investigation into air strikes in the Syrian province of Idlib several days ago, the UN chief's spokesman said in a statement on Sunday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted with fury one day after Vienna announced that it would crack down on ‘political Islam’ by expelling Ankara-funded imams and shutting down seven mosques.
Israeli forces reportedly destroyed an underground tunnel, which had allowed Hamas to covertly deploy its naval commandos.
CAIRO (Sputnik) - A fire broke out on Sunday at a warehouse in Baghdad, where ballots from the recent Iraqi parliamentary elections are stored, amid a nationwide campaign to recount the results of the vote, local Alsumaria TV channel reported citing municipal authorities of the Iraqi capital.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is set to visit the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem later on Sunday, which will mark the first time in the recent years that a leader of an EU country to visit the holy site, despite it being billed as a "private" visit, The Jerusalem Post reported.
According to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Turkish forces are currently based dozens of kilometers inside northern Iraq and could push further to attack the Kurds in the Qandil Mountains. This is where the stronghold of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), designated as a terrorist organization in Turkey, is reportedly located.
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - Syrian President Bashar Assad said that the liberation of the Damascus outskirts would have proved to be unattainable without Russia’s help, the coordinator of the Russian State Duma group on relations with the Syrian parliament, Dmitry Sablin, told Sputnik on Sunday.
The US, the UK and France launched airstrikes against Syria in April after accusing Damascus of a chemical attack in the city of Douma. The Syrian and Russian governments have charged the US and UK-funded White Helmet group with staging a false-flag chemical attack in the city to prompt Western military intervention.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Israeli forces launched unexpected large-scale military drills in the Golan Heights, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said.
An intricate system of underground passageways and fortifications constructed by militants in rural Homs Governorate was seized by Syrian troops.
A European-born man committed suicide at the Great Mosque at Mecca, in the proximity of the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine.
Two civilians were killed in a shelling, carried out on Saturday by Yemen’s Houthi militants on the Saudi southwestern city of Jazan, the Saudi Al-Ekhbariya TV channel reported citing Saudi-led Arab coalition’s statement.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Saturday inflicted a warning air strike on a group of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which were preparing to send a batch of explosive balloons over the border into Israel, a IDF spokesperson said.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow stands for early commencement of the work of the Syrian constitutional commission in line with the relevant decision adopted at the National Dialogue Congress in Russia's Sochi in winter, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.