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Iran, Russia, and Turkey, the guarantor states of Syrian ceasefire, signed a document on creating four de-escalation zones in Syria at the conclusion of the fourth round of Astana talks held in the Kazakh capital on Thursday.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel highlighted the significant role played by Tehran and Moscow in the resolution of Syria issue, and urged the G-7 member states to cooperate with them.
Moscow says it is halting an agreement with Washington aimed at avoiding mid-air collisions during their military missions in the Syrian airspace after US launched a missile attack against a Syrian army airbase.
President Vladimir Putin believes a US missile attack on a Syrian airbase near Homs has violated international law and seriously hurt Russia-US relations, the Kremlin says.
Russian President Vladimir Putin “regards the strikes as aggression against a sovereign nation,” his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, noting that the president believes the strikes were carried out “in violation of international law, and also under an invented pretext.”
Ten people have been reportedly killed and several others injured after a bomb blast hits metro station in Russia's St. Petersburg.
An attack by Chechen militants against a Russian military base has claimed the lives of more than 12 people.