Pakistan won’t provide military bases to the USA
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense reported about an arrest of an Armenian serviceman. It was reported that he was in a sabotage group that recently entered the territory of Azerbaijan. «According to the preliminary investigation, the task of the enemy reconnaissance and sabotage group was to mine our territories» — the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry stated.
2 The USA
Joe Biden and the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the peace settlement in Afghanistan, and the relations with Russia during their meeting in Washington. While discussing Afghanistan, the parties mentioned the NATO’s contribution over two decades, and the support for the peaceful diplomatic efforts. While discussing the relations with Russia, Jens Stoltenberg stated that the NATO has a dual approach. «We use a dual approach: we need the containment and defense, but we also need a dialogue with Russia» — he explained.
3 The USA
The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated while speaking at a hearing before the House Appropriations Committee that the ’Taliban’ are interested in lifting the sanctions from their leaders. He underlined that «if the Taliban try to offset the gains of the past 20 years, the ’Taliban’ will become an outcast». He added that the countries around Afghanistan that benefit from the US presence «will now have to make difficult decisions about protecting their interests.»
The Pakistani Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, stated that Pakistan won’t provide military bases on their territory to the USA during the pulling of the foreign troops from Afghanistan. Such was his statement on the information from ’The New York Times’ that negotiations are underway between Washington and Islamabad on the matter of providing the US intelligence services with a base to monitor the situation in Afghanistan, and conduct counter-terrorist operations. He added that Pakistan should take into account its own interests.
5 The USA — Ukraine
The White House National Security Council stated that on Monday Ukraine misunderstood Joe Biden’s words about the idea of Ukraine joining the NATO after a telephone conversation between the presidents of the two countries. Earlier, Ukraine stated that Joe Biden «underlined the importance of providing Ukraine with an action plan for the NATO membership». The message was later corrected. Now it says that «Zelenskiy noted the importance of providing Ukraine with an action plan for the NATO membership». Zelensky stated that the fact that his office corrected the text of the statement after the conversation with Joe Biden is insignificant.
6 Russia — Germany — France
The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Germany and France — Sergei Lavrov, Heiko Maas and Jean-Yves Le Drian — agreed during a telephone conversation that there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements. Sergei Lavrov stated that the Ukrainian attempts to revise the set of measures made to implement the Minsk agreements, as well as the decisions of the Normandy summit in December of 2019 in Paris, are unacceptable. Sergei Lavrov also «pointed on the lack of reaction from the Western colleagues to the Ukrainian statements that contradict the current agreements». Constantine Reztsov, specially for the ANNA NEWS