A shelling on the border of Azerbaijan and Armenia
1 Azerbaijan — Armenia
The Azerbajani State Border Service reported about a violation of the ceasefire on the border with Armenia. «Provocations continue on the part of Armenia on the state border of Azerbaijan and Armenia. On 2nd of February, at about 5 in the morning, the Armenian troops, stationed near the occupied village of Ashagi Askipar, in the Gazakh region, violated the ceasefire 20 times. They fired from machine guns at the local Azerbaijani border guard positions» — the RIA NEWS agency quoted the press service of the Azerbaijani department. The Armenian Defense Ministry denied that statement.
2 Armenia — Azerbaijan
Armenia has filed an interstate complaint to the European Court of Human Rights against Azerbaijan. The office of the Armenian representative to the ECHR reported that on Tuesday, Yerevan accused Baku of violating a number of conventions during the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in the fall of 2020. According to the appeal — Azerbaijan violated the rights of people of Karabakh and Armenia on their lives, protection from torture and inhuman treatment, the right on property, private and family life, the right on the education, and a number of other rights. The complaint referred to the issues of protecting of the rights of PoWs and civilians, the displaced population of Artsakh, the wounded citizens, the relatives of the victims, people who lost their property, and the representatives of the local and international mass media. In January, Azerbaijan sent a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights on the violation of the rights and freedoms of Azerbajani citizens who suffered «as a result of the Armenian military aggression».
The Myanmar military that came to power on Monday, dismissed 11 ministers and 24 deputy ministers. Orders for the dismissal of the ministers and deputy ministers, and the appointment of new ministers, were signed by the country’s military commander, Min Aung Hlein, who assumed full power on Monday. The orders were published by the military on the ’’Mya-wa-di’’ news website. In accordance with those orders — the new ministers headed the ministries.
4 Iran — The USA
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, stated that the Joe Biden’s team has limited options to return to the ’Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’. He added that Joe Biden’s team must follow the original terms of the nuclear deal. Javad Zarif expressed his opinion that the EU High Representative for the Foreign Affairs and the Security Policy, Josep Borrell, could act as the coordinator between the USA and Iran in reaching a consensus on this issue. The new US secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, stated that if the USA return to the JCPOA — it would be possible to begin the work on a larger agreement with Iran, covering not only the nuclear issue, but also the Iranian ballistic missile program that worries the USA. Iran strongly rejected the idea of changing the JCPOA.
The Secretary-General of the ’Collective Security Treaty Organization’, Stanislav Zas, announced that in 2021 the organization plans to hold up to 8 major military exercises. According to him, most of the exercises will be held on the territory of Tajikistan, since the country will chair the organization in 2021. Among the planned exercises is the «Echelon» — large exercises of the rapid reaction troops, intelligence forces, and other troops. Stanislav Zas reminded that Afghanistan, a country that borders Tajikistan, remains a serious source of the terrorist threats to the regional security.
6 The USA — Ukraine
The head of the US State Department’s press service, Ned Price, stated that the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, has promised in a telephone conversation with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmitry Kuleba, to continue to provide Kiev with the economic and military aid from the USA. He noted the strong support for Ukraine in the both American political parties, and declared that the USA have prioritized the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine. According to Ned Price, the head of the US foreign policy department «underlined the importance of the Ukrainian preservation of the progress in the fight against corruption, the implementation of the rule of law, and the implementation of economic reforms’’. According to a report from the US Defense Cooperation and Security Agency — in 2020 Ukraine received American weapons on $510 millions of dollars. Constnatine Reztsov, specially for the ’ANNA NEWS’.