Breaking News, 21st of November, 2018
The United States announced the disclosure of a complex Russian-Iranian financial scheme through which Bashar Assad received support, Interfax reports while citing a press release from the US Treasury Department. «Today we are taking steps against the complex scheme through which Iran and Russia supported the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and also sent money to finance Iranian malicious activity» — the document says. The US Treasury announced the existence of a «secret scheme» of Iranian oil supplies to Syria with the participation of Russian companies. “Through this scheme, Promsyr’yeimport, a company working with »Global Concepts Group», was able to deliver millions of barrels of Iranian oil to Syria” — the US Treasury Department announced in a press release. Previously, the United States added these companies in the list of sanctions.
Alexander Prokopchuk, a Russian man that was considered to be the main candidate for the post of the head of the Interpol have lost the election to South Korean representative Kim Jong Yang, Interfax reported while citing the statement of the organization. Starting from 2016, Alexander Prokopchuk served as the vice president of the Interpol. Kim Jong Yang was previously the acting head of the organization. The previous head of the organization Meng Hongwei resigned on 7th of October after his arrest in China. Shortly before the elections, the US and the UK expressed a serious concern about the possible victory of Alexander Prokopchuk in the election of the director of Interpol. They intervened in the electoral process by putting pressure on its participants.
The coalition, led by the United States, used white phosphorus ammunition in their attacks on the settlement of Hajin in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, the SANA agency reported. As a result of the attack — there were dead and wounded civilians, TASS reports. SANA notes that the coalition air forces attacked an outpost of ISIS, which is located in Hajin, but the aircraft also hit the homes of civilians.
Athens is interested in the extension of the ‘Turkish Stream’ gas pipeline to Greece — this issue will be raised by the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during his visit to Russia on 7th of December, a source in Athens said. According to the source — Alexis Tsipras plans to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow, RIA NEWS reports. In addition — Greece is interested in the strategic investments from Russia. The source also underlined that the visit of Alexis Tsipras will help Moscow and Athens to restore their cooperation after the diplomatic conflict.
Reporters of ANNA NEWS report from Syria with a reference to SANA Agency: The Syrian army repelled another attack of the terrorists from »Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham» in the south-eastern part of Idlib province. According to a military source — the terrorists attacked from the village of Huwain Al-Kebir in the direction of the settlement Mushayrif. They met a powerful opposition from the Syrian forces and were forced to retreat. Earlier, reporters of ANNA NEWS reported about the provocations of »Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham» — namely their disrupting of the peace initiatives from the Syrian government.
Mevlut Chavushoglu, the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, during his visit to the United States called the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense missile systems »a closed deal.» He underlined that the deal can’t be canceled, Reuters reports. Earlier, the Pentagon spokesman Eric Pachon told to RIA NEWS that the US military are currently discussing with the Congress what could they offer to Turkey instead of the Russian S-400s