The responsibility for the collapse of the INF Treaty lies with the United States
The Russian Ministry of Defense accused the US of developing a new ground-based missile while still being under the INF treaty. «The unproven allegations against Russia about the non-compliance with the INF treaty were used as a pretext for the US to leave the treaty. Even during the period of its operation, the USA were actively developing a ground-based missile of a forbidden range» — the ministry explained. «The fact that the US tested the missile on 18th of August, 2019, and the fact that the missile uses the Mk-41 universal launcher, which is also being used in the American missile defense systems in Romania and Poland, confirm the Russian claims against the White House about the possibility of their use to launch medium and short range ground-based missiles» — The ministry concluded and added that the responsibility for the end of the «INF treaty» lies on the United States. Russia hasn’t tested, and isn’t armed with medium and short range missiles.
The Ukrainian parliament supported the bill on the measures, aimed to prepare the state for the transition to the martial law and to «repulse an armed aggression», during the first reading. The law was introduced by the country’s president, Vladimir Zelensky. The draft law was developed by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, as a part of the implementation of one of the clauses of the “Priority Action Plan for the Implementation and Maintenance of the Legal Regime of the Martial Law in the Selected Regions of Ukraine”, which was approved on 27th of November, 2018. In case of the final adoption — this document will make it possible to consolidate, at the legislative level, the need to develop and approve the «Plan of Defense of Ukraine» by the president.
The Turkish army entered the north of Syria in order to create a DMZ together with the USA. According to the plans of Ankara and Washington — the combined armed forces will patrol an area of 2000 km long, and 20 km deep. This will protect Turkish borders from the various armed groups, operating in Syria. The USA and Turkey act without coordination with the Russian army and the Syrian authorities. Essentially, this is an aggression against Syria. For several years, the «Kurdish issue» remained a stumbling block between the US and Turkey. The Syrian Kurds receive military support from the US in order to fight the terrorists. They are seen in Ankara as a potential threat. Some of the Syrian territories are under control of the pro-American Kurdish »People’s Self-Defense Forces». Nothing prevents these forces from crossing the border, and fighting the Turks with American weapons.
On Tuesday, North Korea ran new missile tests — 2 unidentified missiles were launched towards the Sea of Japan — the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea announced. The missiles were launched eastward, from the inner region of Pyeongan-Namdo province. They flew for about 330 km. The South Korean and US intelligence agencies are analyzing the exact type of the laucnhed missiles. The military called on the North to «immediately end the actions that increase the tensions». This is the 8th missile launch for the past 45 days. And 10th, if counting from May.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during an interview to the Russian newspaper »Trud» has announced that the war in Syria is over. “The war in Syria has really ended. The country is slowly returning to the normal, peaceful life” — he said and added that there are still separate centers of terrorist activity in the territories beyond the control of the Syrian government. Such as the Idlib province, and the lands on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. According to him, Syria has started the recovery process. The provision of humanitarian assistance to Syria has the top priority, as well as the advancement of the political process, aimed to resolve the crisis in the country. Sergey Lavrov also underlined that the formation and start of the work of the committee for the constitutional reform will be an important step in the political process. In his opinion — the assemble of such committee will enable the local government and the opposition to begin a direct dialogue on the future of Syria for the first time.