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Breaking News, 4rd of August, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who, at the moment, is in Singapore at the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, announced that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will determine the deadline of the final denuclearization by himself, according to the agreement between Pyongyang and Washington, Interfax reports. «The final terms of denuclearization will be established by Kim Jong-un, at least partly. This is his decision.» — said Mike Pompeo. At the same time, the head of the State Department stressed that despite the progress in relations between Washington and Pyongyang — the international sanctions against the DPRK will remain until the full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

A source in the US Congress provided the text of a bill on new sanctions against Russia. The document provides sanctions against Russian securities with a maturity of more than 14 days. In fact, these sanctions prohibit Americans from dealing with Russian sovereign debt, Tass reports. The sanctions will include bonds of the Russian Central Bank, the National Welfare Fund, the Russian Treasury and their «agents or affiliated organizations», as well as the agreements with them on the currency swaps. Donald Trump will also have to «block and ban all transactions with all property» of a number of banks in US jurisdiction. In particular, Sberbank, VEB, VTB, Gazprombank, Bank of Moscow, Ros-sel-khoz-bank and Prom-svyaz-bank.

A source in the US Congress provided the text of a bill on new sanctions against Russia. The document provides sanctions against Russian securities with a maturity of more than 14 days. In fact, these sanctions prohibit Americans from dealing with Russian sovereign debt, Tass reports. The sanctions will include bonds of the Russian Central Bank, the National Welfare Fund, the Russian Treasury and their «agents or affiliated organizations», as well as the agreements with them on the currency swaps. Donald Trump will also have to «block and ban all transactions with all property» of a number of banks in US jurisdiction. In particular, Sberbank, VEB, VTB, Gazprombank, Bank of Moscow, Ros-sel-khoz-bank and Prom-svyaz-bank.

The US Permanent Representative to the UN, Nikki Hailey, accused Russia of violating the UN Security Council resolutions on the DPRK regarding the «labor force order» from North Korea. According to her, Russia issued work permits on its own territory to several thousand citizens of the DPRK and thus violated the sanctions of the UN Security Council on the DPRK. «Trustworthy reports about Russian violation of UN resolutions on the workforce of the DPRK are troubling» — Tass quotes her words.

The federal court in Washington, without a consideration, rejected the application of the detained in the US Russian woman Maria Butina to withdraw charges on her, Interfax reported while citing Bloomberg. Butina sued the documents that were rejected by clerical employees because of a technical error. On 16th of July, the US Justice Department charged 29-years-old Russian woman Maria Butina on «criminal conspiracy» and work in the US «as a foreign agent without notifying the prosecutor general about it.»

Ukrainian troops, over the past day, fired at the positions of the LPR four times. The settlements Krasny Yar, Zhelobok, Prishib and Kalinovka were hit. In the DPR, during the same period, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 5 times, firing 96 shells at the territory of the DPR. The settlements Gorlovka, Vasilievka, Spartak and Sosnovskoye were under fire. Mortars, grenade launchers and small arms were used in the shelling as a result of which a residential house in the village of Staromikhailovka on the western outskirts of Donetsk was damaged. No casualties among civilians were recorded.

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