South Korea announced a possible move to direct negotiations with North Korea if the North continues to abstain from missile and nuclear tests. Let’s recall that the tests have been halted since September 15. «We do not know why they stopped their provocations: as that because of technical problems or under pressure from the US, China and Russia. In any case, this is a good sign, and if the trend continues, we are ready for direct talks with North Korea, «- said Song Young-gil, the special envoy of South Korea on the sidelines of «Valdai» club session.
The Syrian Democratic forces could become a part of the government army in the future, if Damascus comes to an agreement with the Kurds about the federal structure of the post-war Syria. Riyad Darar, co-chairman of the SDF Council, commented in a television interview that when the Kurdish autonomy is established in Syria, there will be no need to preserve a separate national militia and it will «join the army of the Republic».
The Council of Europe is concerned about the likelihood of Russia’s exit from the organization, and in connection with this, it is ready to consider the possibility of lifting anti-Russian sanctions. This was stated by Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland. In his view, Moscow’s rejection of membership would be a «great loss» and a «step backward».
The Russian military in Syria began testing the prototypes of electromagnetic weapons developed by private Russian companies. This is reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta. The electromagnetic weapons tested are designed to suppress GPS and Wi-Fi signals during combat operations.
During the past day the AFU shelled the positions of the People’s Militia of the LPR seven times. Slavyanoserbsk, Kalinovo, Kalinovka, Krasniy Lyman and Logvinovo were subjected to shelling by means of mortars, IFVs, grenade launchers and small arms.
During the past day the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated ceasefire 32 times in the Donetsk Peoples Republic, firing 607 units of various ammunition. The most intense fire was in the Donetsk direction. Three buildings are damaged in Dokuchaevsk, and a house was burned down in the village Zaitsevo in the north of Horlivka. The fire was delivered by means of APCs, grenade launchers and large-caliber small arms.