An explosion in the Syrian Ras Al-Ain
The Syrian news agency ‘SANA’ reported an explosion of a car bomb in the village of Al Ahras, near Ras Al-Ain. As a result of that explosion — some Turkish mercenaries were killed and injured. The SANA sources said that after the explosion — «the Turkish forces and their mercenaries opened random fire on the nearby residential buildings, and arrested some local villagers».
2 Persian Gulf
The Iranian defense minister, Amir Khatami, stated that the presence of the US forces in the Gulf region poses a threat to the Iranian security. «The illegal presence of the Americans is a threat to the security of the Persian Gulf» — the ISNA news agency quoted his words. He added that «the United States approached the borders of Iran from the other end of the world». This reaction took place after the incident in the Persian Gulf when the US and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ships approached each other. Earlier the press service of the US 5th Fleet reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps military speedboats made dangerous maneuvers near several US warships in the Persian Gulf.
The ‘NHK’ reported that the relocation of the US Marine Corps base ‘Futemma’ from one area of the Okinawa prefecture to another has been suspended for a while due to the new coronavirus. It was specified that one of the employees of the department, responsible for the bulk work in the transfer zone of the military facility, became infected. The disinfection measures will take place. The Japanese Defense Minister, Taro Kono, stated that the pandemic shouldn’t affect the initial relocation plan. According to him — no changes in the plan, including the design parts, are expected to happen. The Kyodo news agency reported that the work should be resumed during these weekends, after all the necessary checks have been completed.
4 India — Russia
The Russian ambassador to India, Nikolai Kudashev, announced that India will deliver to Russia «up to 100 million pills of hydroxychloroquine in several batches. India has also licensed the supply of paracetamol to the Russian market and to the Russian medical institutions». The ambassador added that «the supply of the pills that Russia needs at the moment will begin in the near future: in late April or early May». Nikolai Kudashev underlined that this step confirms the high level of relations between the two countries. He stated that the issue of the medicine supplies was discussed during a telephone conversation between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
5 Russia — China
The Chinese Central Television reported that the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Chinese President Xi Jinping had a telephone conversation on Thursday night, during which the Chinese President said that Russia and China should resist the politicization of the pandemic and the acts of putting the blame. Xi Jinping said that China will continue to provide strong support to Russia in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. He reminded that the Chinese government sent a group of medical experts to Moscow that is «currently conducting an active work, and they’re sharing their experience with the Russian side».
6 the USA
Donald Trump stated that the US authorities are starting to re-open the country by gradually lifting the sanitary restrictions, imposed due to the new coronavirus. Donald Trump explained that the federal government gave the state governors some recommendations on the lifting of the sanitary restrictions. The plan of the US administration consists of 3 steps for the economic recovery. The state governors will be able to decide on their own when to remove the restrictions. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.