Sergei Lavrov, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, announced that the financial losses of the EU from the anti-Russian sanctions, that were forced upon them by the USA, far exceed a 100 of billions of euros. Sergei Lavrov specified that the exact numbers of the financial losses of the EU states from those sanctions depend on the sources, TASS reports. “According to some estimations — we are talking about numbers beyond a 100 of billions of euros” — said Sergey Lavrov and underlined that the EU sanctions against Moscow were imposed by a pressure from the USA. “It is notable that the Americans themselves do not have any losses» — Sergey Lavrov said in an interview to the Spanish “El Pais”. Sergei Lavrov added that “objectively speaking, the sanctions are not beneficial neither to Russia nor to the EU.”
The Venezuelan government has been unsuccessfully trying to return their gold back to their homeland for the past 2 months, which Venezuela has entrusted to the Bank of England for the safeguarding, the informed sources reported. Venezuela is trying unsuccessfully to return 14 tons of gold, the storage of which Caracas entrusted to the Bank of England, TASS reports. The demand from Caracas «cannot be fulfilled» for the past two months. This is allegedly connected with the «inability to get the insurance needed for the transportation of such a large amount of gold.» According to Reuters — the Bank of England would like to clarify how the Latin American country plans to use the precious metal.
Russia and China signed 4 contracts on the projects of the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant, and a demonstrative fast neutron reactor ‘CFR600’. The contracts were made at the »China International Import Expo» in Shanghai, RIA NEWS reports. In addition, Russia and China have completed the negotiations on the creation of a heavy helicopter — the parties are ready to sign a contract. This was announced by Viktor Kladov, the director of international cooperation and the regional policy of Russian company »Rostech».
Iraq will retain the possibility of buying energy from Iran for their energy needs, despite the US anti-Iranian sanctions that have already come into force, said Brian Hook, the Special Representative of the US State Department for Iran, during his tele-conference for journalists. «Iraq was given an exception from the US energy sanctions against Iran» — Bloomberg quotes his words. Thus, Iraq became the 9th country that has received a permission from Washington to continue to purchase energy from Iran. Earlier, the US excluded China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan from the list of countries to which the sanctions would be applied if they continued to import the oil from Iran.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced that Europe should create its own united armed forces in order to counter the «Russian threat.» “We will not be able to defend the Europeans if we do not make a truly pan-European army. This must be done in order to face Russia, which is located near our borders and can even act aggressively” — the French leader said, TASS reports. According to him, Europe should be able to act independently from the US. Previously Emmanuel Macron expressed confidence that the US can potentially put the European security at risk if they decide to pull out from the INF Treaty.
Reporters of ANNA NEWS report from Syria with a reference to SANA agency: There was a new data on the results of the last air raid of the Air Forces of the international coalition, during which the white phosphorous munitions were used. According to SANA — at least 15 civilians were killed during the attack on the city of Khadzhin. The use of ammunition with white phosphorus was prohibited by international conventions, but the American forces still use them during their air raids.
Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.