‘Caesar’s Act’ against Syria
The head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, Rear-Admiral Alexander Shcherbitsky, reported that a group of terrorists from the ‘Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’ stopped a convoy of 17 minibuses with school graduates that were sent from the Idlib DMZ to the city of Hama, controlled by the Syrian authorities. Alexander Shcherbitsky added that some of the graduates, together with their parents, tried to walk in the direction of the Syrian army checkpoint near the settlement of Trumba. The terrorists stopped them under a threat of weapons. Alexander Shcherbitsky explained that an agreement was reached between the Syrian government and the heads of local administrations in the Idlib DMZ to provide the secondary school students with an opportunity to obtain documents of graduation from the universities, and to take exams for the admission to Syrian universities. However the radical groups at the south of the DMZ impeded the implementation of the agreement.
The Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the ‘Caesar Act’, which entered into force on 17th of June in the USA, as well as the sanctions against the Syrian government related to the act. «The ‘Caesar’s Act’ officially aimed at the ‘protection of the civilian population’, but actually it interferes with the ordinary Syrians” — the Russian Foreign Ministry stated. On Wednesday, the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced that Washington is imposing new sanctions on Syria under the «Caesar’s Law», AKA «Syrian Civilian Protection Act». «Today, the US Ministry of Finances and the US State Department announce 39 decisions on sanctions under the Caesar’s law, and the executive decree 13-89-4. It marks the beginning of a campaign of economic and political pressure on Assad in order to deny him of his income, needed to wage war and commit crimes against the Syrian people» — the statement explained. The Syrian Foreign Ministry called the new sanctions by the USA to be «an economic terror, which is a part of a bloody war, unleashed against Syria».
The »Al Arabiya TV» reported that on Thursday night, 4 missiles fell in the Baghdad’s green zone, near the US embassy. No injuries or damages were reported.
4 The DPRK
The ‘Yonhap’ news agency reports, while citing their military sources, that the DPRK sent troops to the empty guard posts in the DMZ, on the border with South Korea. South Korea noticed the arrival of the DPRK soldiers at several guard posts, located inside the DMZ. About a 100 of North Korean servicemen were spotted at the Kaesong Industrial Complex. The South Korean Chiefs of Staff announced that their armed forces are closely monitoring the actions of the North Korean military, and they are ready to respond to the provocations at any time. During the tension between Seoul and Pyongyang, a US Air Force scout plane «RC-135W Rivet Joint» was seen in the sky over the Korean Peninsula — the ‘Aircraft Spots’ reported on Twitter.
The Iranian Navy successfully launched cruise missiles in the Gulf of Oman. Long-range cruise missiles were launched during the military exercises against surface targets. The missiles hit targets at a distance of 280 kilometers — the Iranian Army Press Service reported. The missile launches were carried out both from land and from the sea, the targets were located at the north of Indian Ocean, and in the Gulf of Oman.
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, arrived to Serbia on a visit with the Serbian President Alexander Vučić. After the talks with the President of Serbia, Sergey Lavrov stated that it would be counter-productive to force the settlement of Kosovo via artificial terms. During a joint press conference with the Russian Foreign Minister, Aleksandar Vučić announced that «any final solution to the ‘Kosovo problem’ will require the Russian approval, both on the UN Security Council, and from the point of view of a partner who always supports Serbia». He noted that Serbia appreciates the Russian aid during the coronavirus epidemic in Serbia. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.