Russia urges NATO, Middle East countries not to invade Syria

Russia urges NATO and the countries of the Middle East not to look for pretexts to interfere in Syria militarily, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters earlier today.

According to him, Moscow warns against looking for this kind of pretext to resort to the use of force and is opposed to humanitarian corridors or buffer zones in Syria.

Today it is important that all parties to the conflict are coerced into ceasing fire and starting national dialogue.

This is provided for by the Geneva communiqué that’s been signed by all the interested countries.

Lamentably, the Russian diplomat said, some of the signees are in no rush to meet their commitments.

Syrian troops engaged in anti-terror operation near Damascus

The Syrian government troops are engaged in an anti-terror operation near Damascus, within a radius of 8 to 12 kilometres.

According to the Al-Watan news service, the Army Command seeks to mop up the capital city’s northern and eastern environs of extremist group fighters.

Fierce clashes are reported from the East Gouta region, where Army commando units are engaged in a mop-up operation at agricultural farms.