New sanctions against Russia
The newspaper «Politico» reported that the USA believe that the group ’Kataib Hezbollah’ was involved in the attack on the Iraqi ’Ain al-Assad’ base, used by the US military. The «Politico» cited two military sources. «The US and Iraqi authorities believe that the pro-Iranian group is responsible for the attack on the Iraqi base ’Ain al-Assad’, where some American troops are stationed. The investigation is still on-going, but the authorities believe that the ’Kataib Hezbollah’, or a group associated with ’Kataib Hezbollah’, is involved in the attack»- the report stated.
’The Wall Street Journal’ reported on Thursday that during an attack on a pro-Iranian group in Syria on the night of 26th of February, the USA planned to strike two targets. ’The Wall Street Journal’ didn’t specify what was the second target. ’The Wall Street Journal’ reported that the US President Joe Biden canceled the second attack half an hour before it took place since the intelligence reports indicated that there were some women and children on the location. ’The Wall Street Journal’ reported with a reference to their sources that the White House sent a confidential message to Tehran after the strike. ’The Wall Street Journal’ didn’t specify the content.
3 The UK — The USA — Russia
The ’Bloomberg’ reported that the UK and the USA are considering additional sanctions against Russia, due to the alleged use of chemical weapons. According to the ’Bloomberg’ — the UK intends to act via the ’Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ to put pressure on Russia. The UK also plans to discuss possible sanctions against Russia with the allies in Europe, including France and Germany. The USA intend to impose a second, bigger package of sanctions against Russia if Moscow doesn’t agree on certain conditions. Moscow must guarantee that it will abandon the use of chemical weapons, and allow the inspections of facilities where chemical weapons could be located. It was noted that the parties are holding consultations on the issue of new sanctions against Russia.
The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, stated that the US accusations on chemical weapons are baseless. «There is no real proof to support such claim because there can’t be any at all. Russia has long time ago destroyed all the stockpiles of chemical weapons» — Dmitry Peskov explained and added that all the programs that could somehow be associated with the production of chemical weapons were stopped in accordance with the obligations of Russia under the ’Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling, Use of Chemical Weapons, and on Their Destruction’.
A representative of the DPR in the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire reported about a shelling of the town of Gorlovka. «There was a violation of the ceasefire from the Ukrainian positions at the towns of Dzerzhinsk and Gorlovka. Small arms and sniper weapons were used» — the ’RIA NEWS’ quoted the DPR representative.
6 Israel — Lebanon
The Israeli Defense Minister, Beni Gantz, told to the ’Fox News’ that the Lebanese Shiia group ’’Hezbollah’’ has hundreds of thousands of missiles, and some of the missiles are aimed at civilian targets in Israel. Beni Gantz added that some of the missiles are in the Lebanese capital. According to the Israeli intelligence — there are Hezbollah military installations in Beirut, which are located in civilian areas. Benny Gantz showed a map that showed the location of such military installations. He noted that this is a map of targets for Israel. Constantine Reztsov, specially for the ANNA NEWS.