Secretary of State John Sullivan met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin on April 21st during the G7 summit in Toronto. During the meeting, Sullivan suggested Ukraine to pass laws on the establishment of an independent anti-corruption court, and a raise of the gas tariffs to parity with the import level, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. The increase in gas tariffs for the population is one of the main requirements of the IMF for Kiev. Earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine, Vladimir Groysman, promised that in the current heating season gas prices will not grow.
Donald Trump’s advisers heard out Kim Jong-un’s statement that Pyongyang would stop testing nuclear weapons without enthusiasm, the Washington Post reported. The White House believes that Kim Jong-un only creates the appearance that he is ready to make compromises. His statements may be a bluff before a possible meeting with Donald Trump. Thus, the leader of the DPRK wants to «lure the US into a trap» and get the weakening of economic sanctions against his country.
The Armenian Prime Minister, Serzh Sargsyan, has not reached an agreement with the opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan and left the negotiations ahead of schedule at the »Marriott Armenia» hotel in Yerevan. During the negotiations, Pashinyan said that »this is not a dialogue with the authorities, but a discussion of the conditions for the resignation of the prime minister» and »the peaceful transfer of power without a shock.» «You do not understand the situation in the country, they do not report to you. You do not have the political power you have been told about. The authority have been passed to the people,» the opposition leader announced. The prime minister reminded that the political force, which gained 7-8% in the parliamentary elections, has no right to speak on behalf of all people and this is not a dialogue, but a «blackmail». The prime Minister said he no longer wanted to talk, and left the hotel. The protesters in front of the hotel, where the talks were held, chanted slogans against Serzh Sargsyan.
The US are creating a threat to Turkey by their actions, President of the Turkey Recep Erdogan said in an interview with the Turkish NTV channel. «Aren’t we allies with USA and NATO? We are a strategic ally, but we can’t buy weapons from the US for our own money, and unfortunately, the Americans and the forces of the coalition, which they lead, give out weapons free of charge to the terrorist organizations of the Kurds. Thus, the danger comes from our strategic partners.» — Erdogan said. The Turkish leader underlined that the Kurdish detachments of the Syrian democratic forces, that have the support of the United States, are a «problem» for Turkey for 900 kilometers of the Turkish-Syrian border.
The soldiers of the air defense units of the LPR shot down an UAV of Ukraine on Saturday in the vicinity of Lugansk. The drone not only carried out reconnaissance of the area, but also carried a combat charge for a sabotage mission in the territory of the Republic. This was reported by the official representative of the LPR — Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Marochko. «A number of large-scale events are taking place on the territory of the Republic with a large number of people presented. Including preparations for the celebration of the 73rd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, «- added Marochko.
The head of the Russian Center for reconciliation of warring parties in Syria, Major-General Yury Yevtushenko, announced the start of the withdrawal of militants and their families from the Eastern Kalamun area in the Syrian province of Damascus. He specified that the operation involves units of the Russian military police, RIA News reports.