Indefinite ceasefire in Donbass
1 the USA — Turkey
The Turkish purchase of the Russian S-400 makes it impossible for Turkey to continue the participation in the F-35 fighter program — the White House announced. The US intend to continue the military cooperation with Turkey while taking into account the restrictions associated with the S-400s — TASS reports. “Turkey has been a long-time, reliable partner and ally of the NATO for the past 65 years. The purchase of the S-400 undermines the commitment that all the NATO members have assumed in relation to the Russian systems. This purchase will have disastrous consequences for the Turkish interaction with the NATO” — the White House explained. Ellen Lord, the US Deputy Secretary of Defense for the Procurement, announced that the Turkish participation in the F-35 program will be completely stopped by March of 2020. The Turkish Foreign Ministry called on the US to undo this decision. «Turkey urges the United States to correct the mistake of excluding Turkey from the F-35 program. This mistake could lead to an irreversible damage of the relations» — the ministry said.
“In order to save the nuclear deal — the EU must fulfill its obligations to normalize the economic relations between Iran and the other countries” — the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, announced. “We need to sell our oil. We are doing business with China and Russia, but that is not enough. The Europeans are part of the agreement, both the three main European countries, and the rest of the EU. They must fulfill their promises ”- TASS quoted the statement of the Iranian Foreign Minister. «We expect them to fulfill their obligations and normalize the economic relations between Iran and other countries» — the minister concluded. According to him — Iran has no need to quit the nuclear deal. But the degree of its implementation will depend on the actions of the partners.
The head of the Russian Center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, Major General Alexei Bakin, announced that the terrorists shelled 6 settlements in 3 Syrian provinces. “During the past day, the terrorists shelled the settlements of Saraf, Calat-Marz and Jay-Bachs in the provinces of Latakia and Hamamiyat. And also Kharab al-Khizatio in the province of Hama, and the village of Sabikia in the province of Aleppo» — end of quote. Earlier, as a result of the terrorist shelling, 11 civilians were killed in the province of Aleppo.
As a result of a big fire at the »Kyoto Animation» anime studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto, 23 people died, 36 were injured, one of which died in a hospital — TASS reports. The police is investigating the cause of the arson. The police detained a 41-years-old man at the arson site — the man, allegedly, poured gasoline inside the anime studio and set it on fire. At the time of the fire, about 70 people were working inside the three-story building. The whereabouts of several of them is still unknown. Currently the fire is extinguished. The second and third floors of the building suffered the most.