Senior Hamas delegation meets Russia officials in Moscow

17 July 2019; MEMO: A Hamas delegation headed by Dr Musa Abu Marzouq yesterday met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov in Moscow.

Abu Marzouq briefed the Russian official on the political developments of the Palestinian issue including the US’ “deal of the century”, stressing that all Palestinian people reject it.

The senior Russian official confirmed that Moscow is interested in following up on the political developments in Palestine and the region.

Iranian diplomat says Navy towed foreign tanker after distress signal

MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/: A foreign tanker which made a distress call after experiencing a technical malfunction in the Persian Gulf was towed by the Iranian navy to the country’s territorial waters, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday.

"Iranian sailors acted in strict compliance with international rules," the Al Mayadeen TV quoted the Iranian diplomat as saying.

According to him, the ship will stay on the territory of Iran until the technical issue on board is fixed.

Russia’s Glonass protected against errors that hit its European rival Galileo — Roscosmos

MOSCOW, July 16. /TASS/: Russia’s Glonass satellite navigation system is protected against technical issues that earlier knocked down its European rival, Galileo, a spokesperson for Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos said on Tuesday.

"[The Glonass system] is certainly protected. In order to prevent such errors, rocket and space industry enterprises have a multiple-level checking systems for software. Besides, the ground-based control hub of the Glonass space system has automated control systems and reserve capacities," the source said.

Over 5,000 servicemen will take part in 2019 International Army Games

MOSCOW, July 16. /TASS/: Over 5,000 servicemen from 200 teams will take part in the 2019 International Army Games (ARMI-2019), the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

"The 2019 Army Games will include 32 competitions on the territory of 10 countries (Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Iran, India, China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Uzbekistan). Over 5,000 servicemen from over 200 teams will take part in the games," the defense ministry said.

Light aircraft falls on a house in Russia's Chechnya

MOSCOW, July 16. /TASS/: The press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry has confirmed that a light aircraft had fallen on a single-family house in a village in Chechnya.

"At 07:58 Moscow time, a report came that a light aircraft had fallen on a single-family house in the village of Novoshchedrinskaya in Chechnya’s Shelkovskoy District for an unknown reason, there was no fire. According to preliminary data, four people have been injured," the ministry said.

Russian MP says Ukraine’s threats to destroy Crimean Bridge are unrealistic

SEVASTOPOL, July 16. /TASS/: Ukraine’s threats to destroy the Crimean Bridge are unrealistic because its army’s capabilities are only enough to conduct military exercises against an imaginary enemy, Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) deputy Dmitry Belik, who represents the Crimean city of Sevastopol, told TASS on Tuesday.

Russian, Ukrainian human rights chiefs to hash over citizen rights' protection in Kiev

MOSCOW, July 15. /TASS/: Russian Ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova will discuss the issues of mutual protection of citizens' rights and dialogue between human rights bodies with her Ukrainian counterpart Lyudmila Denisova, Moskalkova’s official website reported on Monday.

The announcement pointed out that the Russian Ombudswoman had arrived in Kiev on July 15 to support RIA Novosti Ukraine Editor-in-Chief Kirill Vyshinsky at his hearing.

Iran reduces commitments to nuclear deal to give chance to diplomacy — official

MOSCOW, July 15. /TASS/: Tehran is reducing its commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in order to launch a diplomatic mechanism to save the nuclear deal, Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Monday.

"We are taking these steps not out of stubbornness but in order to give a chance to diplomacy," he said, as cited by Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). According to Kamalvandi, "other participants in the deal should resume compliance."

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