Lieutenant-General Vladimir Savchenko, the head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria, reported that the ‘White Helmets’ have arrived in the province of Aleppo, where they began filming staged videos of the use of chemical weapons by the authorities. According to the information available to the Russian Ministry of Defense — several dozens of “White helmets” have arrived to carry out provocations in the cities of Azaz, Marea and Chobanbey, in the province of Aleppo, RIA NEWS reports. “Earlier, containers with toxic substances, presumably, chlorine, were delivered by trucks to those settlements from the city of Jisr al-Shughur from Idlib province» — the lieutenant-general said. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense — at the current time, the «White Helmets» are filming videos with the participation of people, unknown to the local residents.
Mariusz Blašczak, Polish Minister of Defense, after his meeting with John Bolton, the Assistant of the US President for the National Security, announced that Poland has received the support of Washington regarding the construction of an American military base in Poland with a temporary name »Fort Trump», TASS reports. Mariusz Blaščák underlined the concern of Warsaw, saying that — «the American troops, stationed in Poland, will ensure the security of Poland itself, and the entire eastern flank of the NATO.» According to him — Washington already gave its support for the project. In the Pentagon, a Polish-American group is discussing the details of the project that’d satisfy both parties.
The US President Donald Trump instructed the American departments to prepare a report on the “Russian violations of the INF Treaty” for the congress. This was reported by RIA NEWS with a reference to a document distributed by the White House. Donald Trump gave the relevant instructions to the US Secretary of State in collaboration with the ministers of finances, trade, the head of the Pentagon and the director of the National Intelligence. It was noted that the report to the Congress is necessary «in accordance with section 1244 of the ‘Law on the Protection of National Defense’ for the fiscal year of 2019.» The section 1244 refers to the “comprehensive response to the breach of the INF Treaty by Russia”.
The UK government will increase the military spending by £ 1 billion of pounds in the next two fiscal years — TASS reports. This was stated by Philip Hammond, the British Minister of Finances, during the budget message in the House of Commons of the British Parliament. The funds are being allocated on top of £ 800 millions of pounds that were added to the defense budget back in March of 2018. The bulk of the additional funds are expected to be spent on the nuclear potential of the UK. Namely — on the program of nuclear submarines of ‘Dreadnought’ type, equipped with ‘Trident’ ballistic missiles. Also on the purchase of 48 fighter-bombers ‘F-35’ from the United States.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan announced the preparation of a large-scale operation against the Syrian Kurds located to the east of the Euphrates, RT reports with a reference to the agency ‘A-haber’. “We will not allow those who want to drown Idlib first, and then the rest of Syria in fire and blood, to provoke the regime and resurrect the ISIS. We will not stop there — we will also destroy the terrorist group east of the Euphrates” — said Erdogan. On 28th of October, the media reported that the Turkish army attacked the positions of the Syrian Kurds in the Zor Maghar region, in Syria.