Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Russian Security Council, announced the growth of the number of the terrorists in the north of Afghanistan up to 20 000 people. The terrorists are in the close proximity to the borders of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and their number growth increases the threat for those countries. Nikolai Patrushev explains that due to the state of affairs in Afghanistan and the overall activation of terrorist groups in the country — the risk of terrorists entering Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan is increasing. Nikolai Patrushev also underlined the need to combat the activities of the ISIS in the Internet.
In the DPR, over the past day, the Ukrainian troops violated the ceasefire 16 times, firing 269 shells across the DPR territory. Gorlovka, Yasinovatoy and the southern villages of the DPR were under attack. Artillery, mortars of various caliber, grenade launchers, weaponry of armored vehicles and small arms were used in the shelling.
Ukrainian troops fired at the LPR positions six times over the past day. Kalinovo, Frunze, Veselogorovka and Zhelobok were under fire. Mortars of various caliber, weaponry of infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms were used in the shelling.
As a result of the attack of a suicide bomber in Baghdad, 7 people were killed and another 16 were injured. The terrorist entered a city park in a car-bomb and exploded in a crowd of people.
The Russian embassy in the UK expressed a concern about the video made by Yulia Skripal. «We were glad to see Julia Skripal in good health. Her statement contains new information. However, the video itself only makes our concerns about her condition stronger» — the press attaché of the embassy explained. The Russian diplomats are certain that Julia didn’t just read some pre-written text but also, «Judging by a whole series of words — it was surely a translation from English language, and the original English text was written by a native speaker.»
At the hearing in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives of the Congress, the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced that the USA are against the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. The Russian embassy in the USA issued a statement regarding this announcement, according to which the USA are forcing their uncompetitive liquefied natural gas on European market, hence their attacks on the Nord Stream-2. These actions of Washington demonstrate that geopolitics can indeed openly interfere with the economy.