Breaking News, 2nd of August, 2018
In 2027, the Russian Navy will receive a prototype of the ekranoplan «Orlan». This was stated by the Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov. The Ekranoplan will be used to protect the Northern Sea Route and patrol the Black and Caspian seas. According to experts, Orlan will become an effective modern weapon, invisible to enemy radars. The newest ekranoplan will be able to carry missile weapons.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that Ankara will respond to the American sanctions against the Minister of Justice and the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkey. The sanctions were imposed due to the case of pastor Andrew Branson, who is being detained in Turkey, Interfax reports. «An attempt to impose sanctions on our two ministers will not be left unanswered — we will not be able to solve our problems unless the US administration understands that it can’t get their illegal demands with such method» — the diplomat said. Earlier the White House said that the US authorities decided to impose sanctions against the Minister of Justice of Turkey Abdulhamit Gul, and the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkey Suleiman Soylu, in connection with the Branson case.
The White House confirmed the intention of President Donald Trump to increase the import duties on Chinese goods worth of $ 200 billion, not by 10%, as he planned earlier, but up to 25%. This was reported by US Trade Representative Robert Lightheiser. «The possible increase in the tariff rate is aimed at equipping the administration with additional tools that can force China to change their destructive policies and behavior, which will create more fair market relations and will promote the prosperity of all our citizens» — the official announced in a statement.
The Foreign Minister of Philippines, Alan Pieter Caetano, said that the possible introduction of US sanctions against Manila due to the purchase of weapons from Russia is a hypocrisy. He added that his country does not intend to abandon these plans. During a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, that happened during the ministerial meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore, he noted that recently there was a lot of criticism in the mass media about «possible US sanctions,» RIA NEWS reports. He underlined that such actions of Washington are expected in Manila. But they do not intend to not buy the Russian weapons.
Reporters of ANNA NEWS report from Syria: Civilians were shelled in the district of Al-Hamdaniya of the city of Aleppo, in Syria. According to preliminary data, one person died, four were wounded. «The terrorists fired from MLRS on the »Project 3000» neighborhood area in the Al-Hamdaniya district of Aleppo. According to preliminary data, only one civilian died and four were wounded.» — said the Russian representative of the center for the reconciliation of the warring parties. The representative also noted that despite the ongoing efforts to normalize the situation, the joint Iranian-Russian-Turkish Coordination Center continues to notice violations of the ceasefire performed by the terrorist groups in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Alexander Turchynov, threatened to criminalize the management of those enterprises that still buy products in Russia since they support the «aggressor country», the official believes. However, as official statistics of Ukraine testify, Moscow is still the main trading partner of Kiev. Russian exports significantly prevail over the Ukrainian one. Experts believe that Turchinov’s proposal will not be implemented, as this will bring down the country’s economy.