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Breaking News, 20th of September, 2018

On Thursday, the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency will consider the matter of restoration of the accreditation of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, Interfax reports. The meeting of the WADA Executive Committee will be held in Seychelles. Earlier, the WADA Compliance Committee recommended to restore RUSADA to the organization’s executive committee, the press service of the agency reported. The Commission of Athletes of the International Olympic Committee supported the recommendation, but the heads of 13 Anti-Doping Agencies and the Commission of Athletes of the International Athletic Federation opposed this decision.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected to the post of the chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Elections of the chairman of the party were held at the headquarters of the party, TASS reports. Shinzo Abe will lead the government for the third time — his term of office was extended until 2021. The polls, conducted before the vote, showed that Shinzo Abe is supported by 56% of party members.

The official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, denied the guess that Il-20 was destroyed in Syria because of the failure of the «Friend or Foe» system — RIA NEWS reports. «All the arguments from the pseudo-experts saying that IL-20 allegedly was destroyed because of the failure of the »Friend or Foe» system are ignorant speculations» — he said. «The ‘Friend or Foe’ system is strictly individual for each state, and it is not being installed in weapon models made for the export from Russia» — Konashenkov explained. The same also applies to the air defense systems delivered to Syria.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, predicted that in the long term — China will become a more dangerous opponent for the US national security than Russia. Mike Pompeo said during an interview to Fox News that the US «must contain and repel» Russia, which «behaves aggressively, and interferes in our elections.» «If we consider the long-term perspective — then the more serious danger to the American way of life and the economic growth of the US comes from China» — Pompeo said.

Ukrainian termination of the agreement on treaty, friendship and cooperation with Russia may have a bad effect on the situation around the Crimea. The former intelligence officer of Ukraine sharply criticized the desire of Kiev authorities to terminate the Treaty of Friendship with Russia. According to the ex-head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the country, General Nikolai Malomuzh, such action can cost Kiev dearly in the issue of the returning of the Crimea to its jurisdiction. He stated that the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, showed short-sightedness, and he clearly miscalculated when he insisted on the termination of this treaty with Moscow.

According to Oxu Az that refers to the Georgian media — the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved an agreement with Georgia on visa-free travel by internal passports in the form of ID cards. The text of the agreement says that it comes into force on the 30th day since the last written notification of the compliance between the parties — with all the internal procedures needed for the agreement to enter into force. It is expected that the implementation of the agreement on ID-card travel will lead to an increase in revenues of the state and local budgets due to the increase of the number of the travelers. Earlier, Turkey officially approved ID-card trips for Ukrainians.

Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.

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