Baghdad imposed restrictions on the movement of the coalition forces
The representative of the Iraqi armed forces, Abdel Kerim Half, announced that Baghdad imposed restrictions on the ground and air movement of the international coalition forces in Iraq. According to Abdel Kerim Half — Washington didn’t inform the General Command of the Iraqi Armed Forces about their operations. He stated that «One can’t close his eyes to the recent American attacks.» The Iraqi authorities began to prepare the process of the withdrawal of the US troops. Earlier, the Iraqi parliament approved a resolution that required the Iraqi government to withdraw all the foreign troops from Iraq.
A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, while commenting on the need to discuss the assassination of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General Kassem Suleimani in the UN Security Council, specified: “The primary responsibility of the Security Council is the protection of the international peace and stability. It must fulfill its obligations accordingly. The shenanigans of the US military violate the fundamental principles of the international relations. They have led to an escalation, and an instability in the region” — Geng Shuang concluded. Earlier the official representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, announced that Tehran appealed to the UN Security Council due to the situation around the death of the General Suleymani during a US military operation in Iraq.
3 Russia — Iran
«Russia remains fully committed to the ‘Joint Comprehensive Action Plan’ after the recent step of Iran that was aimed to reduce their nuclear deal obligations» — the Russian Foreign Ministry announced. On Sunday, Iran announced its rejection of the »last key limitation in the nuclear deal on the number of the centrifuges». Iran specified that now «there are no more restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program.» It was noted that Iranian cooperation with the IAEA continues, and Iran is ready to return to the fulfilling of its obligations if the sanctions are lifted and Tehran’s interests, covered by the nuclear deal, are secured.
4 Germany — Russia
«The German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Russia on 11th of January by an invitation of the Russian President Vladimir Putin» — the Kremlin press service reports. «It is planned to discuss relevant topics on the international agenda, including the situation in Syria, Libya, and the escalation of tension in the Middle East as a result of an American air strike on Baghdad airport on 3rd of January during Merkel’s visit» — the Kremlin press service specified. The settlement of the internal Ukrainian conflict will also be discussed in the context of the summit’s agreements in the “Norman format”.