in April, Russia reduced the volume of investment in the US treasury securities from $ 96 billion to $ 49 billion, Interfax reports while citing the data from the US Treasury. Now Russia occupies the 22nd position in the rating of the holders of American treasury securities. Prior to the April sale, Russia was on the 16th place. The largest holders of US treasury securities are China, Japan and Ireland.
The US State Department announced that Americans should avoid traveling to the Crimea and the North Caucasus, including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus because »civil strife and terrorism are taking places in there.» The American Foreign Ministry advised to »review the plans to make a trip to Russia» — TASS reported. The State Department added that «One should not visit the Crimea.» According to Washington, the region is allegedly «under foreign occupation». In January, the United States included Russia in the list of countries, traveling in which »is a subject of a review.»
According to a senior EU official, American President Donald Trump called the head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, a «brutal killer». The head of the White House criticized the head of the European Commission for the fines put on the US technological companies and the impossibility to directly bypass the European Commission in order to negotiate with Paris and Berlin on the trade matters, TASS reported while citing the Wall Street Journal. The source also said that Donald Trump behaved rudely at the G7 summit — he refused to change his position on issues of import, immigration, the fight against terrorism, environmental protection, and so on. After G7, «the mood has really changed to the worse», the source concluded.
The troops of the President of Yemen, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, while having support from the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, established control over the international airport of the Yemeni city of Hodeidah, RIA NEWS reported while citing the press service of the army. Earlier, the government of Yemen issued a statement in which it announced the beginning of Operation »Golden Victory» in order to «restore the lawful power in the land of Yemen after using all peaceful and political means to get the hussites from Hodeida exiled, who in their turn used this port to import Iranian weapons to kill Yemenis.»
Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe made a proposal to create an international fund for the financial support of the complete denuclearization of North Korea, RIA NEWS reports while citing ‘Kyodo news agency’. «On 16th of June Shinzo Abe mentioned the possibility of creating a financial structure through which the international community could finance the full denuclearization of the DPRK» — the agency explained. Earlier, Tokyo expressed its readiness to allocate funds for conducting inspections on the nuclear facilities in the DPRK by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Ukrainian forces fired at the positions of the LPR three times over the past day. The areas of settlements Kalinovo and Lozovoe were hit. In the DPR, during the same time, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 9 times, firing over 130 shells at the front-line territories of the DPR. The outer areas of Gorlovka, the villages of Zaitsevo and Dolomitnoe, Dokuchaevsk, the village of Krutaya Balka near Yasinovata, as well as the villages of Sosnovskoe, Novaya Tavria, Kominternovo, and Sakhanka were under fire. Tanks, weaponry of infantry fighting vehicles, mortars, grenade launchers and small arms were used in shelling. During yesterday’s evening a civilian was wounded in the village of Zaitsevo during the shelling. __________________________________________________