Negotiations between the presidents of Russia and the United States
The ’Al-Hadath’ TV reported that there was a shoot-out in the Syrian province of Deraa, in the village of Tufas. On Monday, a group of armed men attacked a group of Syrian servicemen. The attack killed at least 11 soldiers. 3 were captured by the terrorists.
During a telephone conversation on Tuesday between the new US President Joe Biden and the Russian President Vladimir Putin, both sides expressed their satisfaction with the «exchange of diplomatic notes on reaching of an agreement on the extension of the ’New START’ treaty» — the Kremlin press service reported. It was noted that «in the coming days, both sides will complete all the necessary procedures for the further functioning of this important international legal mechanism for the mutual limitation of the nuclear missiles». On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin submitted to the Russian parliament an agreement on the extension of the ’’New Start’’ for 5 years, without any additional conditions. On Wednesday, the Russian parliament will consider the ratification of the treaty. Putin and Biden discussed the issues of the one-sided exit of the USA from the ’Open Skies’ treaty, the problems of preserving of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan on the Iranian nuclear program, the internal Ukrainian settlement, and the Russian initiative to hold a summit of the permanent members of the UN Security Council. The White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, announced that the conversation took place by the initiative of Joe Biden.
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, stated that Russia and the USA had agreed to extend the ’New Start’ treaty, without preconditions». Sergei Ryabkov specified that the agreement will be extended «for 5 years, without preconditions or additions, as Moscow insisted. Sergei Ryabkov added that the day before he exchanged notes with the US Ambassador to Moscow, John Sullivan, on the confirmation of the extension of the ’New Start’ for 5 years. He added that the decision is mutually beneficial, and correct.
The inauguration ceremony of the elected President of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, took place today. After he read the text of the oath, he was presented with a standard, a certificate, and a president’s badge in the hall of the Kyrgyz State Philharmonic Society. The inauguration ceremony was broadcast live by the state TV of Kyrgyzstan. During the inauguration, Sadyr Japarov stated that Kyrgyzstan will keep the multi-vector strategy in the foreign policy. He added that the enhancement of the relations with strategic partners of Kyrgyzstan will be a priority in the foreign policy direction.
Members of the ’PACE’ voted to extend the powers of the Russian delegation — the TASS news agency reported. It was noted that 107 members voted ’for’. 36 voted ’against’. 24 abstained. The German delegation stated that it would like to conduct a discussion with the participation of the Russian colleagues, and fully discuss the current situation in order to understand if it is possible to improve the cooperation, or «to launch a responsive mechanism for the violation of the Council of Europe charter». It was noted that the «litmus test» will be the readiness of Russia to comply with the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.
In the area of the Naku-La pass, in the Himalayan state of Sikkim, in India, there were some clashes between the Indian and Chinese border troops. Clashes injured 20 Chinese and 4 Indian servicemen — the Indian mass media reported. It was reported that the Chinese troops tried to invade the Indian territory. The Indian troops stopped them. It was noted that the situation in the area is under control. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated during a briefing that the Chinese Foreign Ministry has no information about the clashes on the Chinese-Indian border. The Chinese newspaper ’Global Times’ stated that information from the Indian mass media regarding 20 wounded Chinese servicemen is false. Earlier ’the Times of India’ reported that the representatives of the command of the land forces of India and China held negotiations during which they discussed the situation in the border areas, and the issues of withdrawal of troops. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.