Kiev may resume the railway communication with Donbass
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristayko announced that he doesn’t rule out a possible resumption of the railway communication with the territories of Donbass via new checkpoints. “I do not exclude neither passenger nor cargo traffic. We have a lot of work to do in order to restore this connection” — Vadim Priestayko explained during an interview to the ‘UNIAN’ news agency.
Natalya Nikonorova, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPR, announced that the DPR expects to move on to the discussion of amendments to the Ukrainian legislation during a meeting of the contact group on Donbass in the city of Minsk on 18th of December. Natalya Nikonorova underlined that one-sided changes to the constitution that are also inconsistent with the DPR and LPR “can’t be recognized as the implementation of a set of measures. This is a direct and flagrant violation of the agreements».
The French newspaper «Le Figaro» reports that the strikes against the pension reform continued in Paris on Monday. The strikes formed traffic jams of total length of more than 600 kilometers. 8 lines of the Paris metro were closed. The railway traffic was disturbed as well. The protest rallies in France are lasting for two weeks by now, despite the statement made by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe about his readiness to make the pension reform somewhat easier.
The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, during an interview to the Chinese TV channel ‘Phoenix’, accused the US of selling the oil, taken from the Syrian oil fields, to Turkey. Assad noted that earlier the same oil deposits were captured by the terrorists of the ‘Jebhat al-Nusra’, and then — the ‘ISIS’. “And now the US are stealing the oil and selling it to Turkey. Turkey is an accomplice.» — Bashar al-Assad concluded. The Syrian president also believes that there are several thousand of US troops in Syria — not mere hundreds as stated by the US.