Deputy of the Russian Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko announced that the Russian Ministry of Defense bought 12 fighters of the fifth generation Su-57, Interfax reports. «The first contract for 12 planes is signed. The deliveries will begin in the near future in accordance with the contract.» — Krivoruchko told reporters on Saturday at the Gagarin’s Aircraft factory in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. He added that the engines of the SU-57 are still undergoing tests. According to Alexei Krivoruchko, the company »Sukhoi» copes well with the set objectives.
Investigators of the State Revenue Committee of Armenia searched the house of the nephew of the former President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and found agreements on deposits in banks worth of about 7 millions of dollars — the agreements were signed in the second half of 2017 by the brother of the former Armenian president and his daughter. The report says that at that time Serzh Sargsyan was an ambassador, and thus, in accordance with the law, he had to declare the property and finances, but such declaration wasn’t submitted by him and his daughter. Criminal cases have been opened for articles «concealing funds» and «illegal enrichment».
The US military is trying to estimate the cost of withdrawing of the US troops from Germany, RIA NEWS reports. According to RIA NEWS, Donald Trump raised this topic during his meeting with his advisors in 2018. In his opinion, the allies of the US spend too little on their own defenses due to the presence of US troops. Sources underline that the US military department is still pondering the possible options. Reports of a possible extraction of the troops appeared during the growing tension between the US president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as the whole EU.
The US State Department opposes the construction of Russian gas pipelines «Nord Stream -2» and the second line of the «Turkish Stream», since they allegedly will enhance European dependence on Russian gas. The US «strongly oppose» these Russian gas pipelines. The State Department reminded that the US voiced their position during the World Gas Congress in Washington, RIA NEWS reports. It is pointed out that the US supports «projects that improve the energy security» of US allies and partners — namely the «Southern Gas Corridor» and the potential development of gas fields in the Black Sea by Romania.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced the end of the truce with the Taliban, RIA NEWS reports with reference to Tolo News television channel. Ghani announced that «the ceasefire is over — the military operations of the security forces are resumed.» At the same time, he noted that «many members of the Taliban want peace, and the truce proved that the Taliban are tired of the war. The nation showed that it is ready for the reunification.» — the president added. Earlier, Ghani suggested Taliban leader Khaybatullah Akhundzade to have direct negotiations on ceasefire.
Ukrainian Troops fired at positions of the LPR three times over the past day. The settlements Logvinovo and Sokolniki were under attack. In the DPR, during the same time, Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire four times, firing 70 shells on the territory of the Republic. The village of Shirokaya Balka near Gorlovka, Dokuchaevsk and Petrovskoye were hit. Weaponry of tanks, armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, as well as mortars, were used in the shelling.