During the meeting of heads of the delegations of the Council of Europe, held on this Friday, the overwhelming majority of participants spoke in favor of continuing the negotiations with Russia. This was reported by the vice-speaker of the Russian Parliament, Peter Tolstoy. According to him, traditionally against such decision were representatives of Ukraine, the Baltic countries, and Great Britain.
Canadian Foreign Minister, Christy Freeland, said that Canada intends to provide Ukraine with almost 5 millions of dollars to cover the expenses of training of the Ukrainian army. The money will be spend on carrying out various exercises, and the purchase of special equipment, as well as first aid supplies. Freeland added that Canada will continue to exert pressure on Russia, mostly by economic sanctions, until Russia fulfills its »obligations under international law».
Today in China, at the session of the National People’s Congress, Xi Jinping was re-elected once again as the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China, and as the Chairman of the Central Military Council. Xi Jinping has held both of these posts in China since 2013.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Groisman said on the radio Novoye Vremya that «Gazprom owes us money,» RIA News reports. He explained that the Russian company, after the decision of the Stockholm Arbitration Court, must pay Ukraine almost 8.5 billions of dollars. 2.5 billions of dollars by the decision of the Stockholm itself, plus another 6 billions because of a joint lawsuit started by the Antimonopoly Committee, and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. Groisman noted that »Naftogaz» and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine «Are engaged in forcible collection of the debt.» The Ukrainian prime minister also did not exclude an opportunity to seize the property of the Russian company on the territory of Ukraine.
As a result of the explosion in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, two civilians were killed, and three others were injured. This was reported by the news channel »Tolo News» with a reference to the representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Najib Danesha. According to the news channel, the target of the suicide bombers was a car of a private security company. The radical movement »Taliban» took the responsibility for this attack.
The joint center of control and coordination of the ceasefire reported the absence of attacks from Ukraine over the past day. This was stated by the head of the representative office of the DPR — Ruslan Yakubov. The joint center also noted that this is the fourth case of a complete silence during the current truce since the 5th of March of this year.