Protests in Myanmar
The ’Frontier Myanmar’ magazine reported that the Mandalay police detained 20 to 30 people during the protests against the military takeover in Myanmar. Mandalay is the 2nd biggest city in Myanmar. It was reported that water cannons were used to disperse the protesters. The ’Reuters’ reported that 27 people were detained, 1 of them is a journalist. The protesters violated the ban, imposed by the city authorities, on the gatherings of more than 5 people.The ’Reuters’ reported while citing the eyewitnesses that the police in the capital city of Naypyidaw fired rubber bullets in air to disperse the protesters.
2 Russia — Libya
A telephone conversation took place on Monday between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, the chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya, Mohammed al-Manafi, and the Prime Minister of Libya, Abdel Hamid al-Dbeiba. «Sergei Lavrov confirmed the Russian readiness for a constructive interaction with the transitional administration of Libya in order to quickly overcome the crisis in Libya. He underlined the intention to work on the cooperation, in the interest of a further development of the traditionally friendly Russian-Libyan relations» — the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.Libya praised the Russian position during the Libyan crisis. The Libyan officials noted «the constructive and proactive role of Moscow in advancing of the settlement process by involving the representatives of all historical regions and political forces in Libya».
The DPR Foreign Minister, Natalya Nikonorova, announced that the DPR Foreign Ministry categorically rejects the statements made by the representative of Kiev in the contact group, Leonid Kravchuk, to open fire on the territory of the Donbass republics — the DPR Foreign Ministry quoted her words in Telegram.She believes that such actions are aimed not at the achieving of peace in Donbass, but at an even greater escalation of the conflict, on the violation of the Minsk agreements, infringement of the rights and freedoms of Donbass residents, and consolidation of all this lawlessness at the legislative level by the Ukrainian parliament. She called Leonid Kravchuk’s statement regarding the failure of the Donbass republics to comply with the Minsk agreements «an absolutely fake information».On Sunday, the permanent representative of Kiev in the contact group on the settlement of the conflict in Donbass, Leonid Kravchuk, stated on the air of the ’’Ukraine-24’’ TV channel that the Ukrainian army, stationed in the zone of the military operation in Donbass, «must respond with a shot for every shot».
4 The USA — Iran
On Monday, the White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated that the USA will return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program after Iran resumes the full compliance with their own obligations under the treaty. «If Iran fully complies with their obligations under the treaty — the USA will do the same. Those actions will then be used as a platform to create a broader treaty that also addresses other issues of concern» — Jen Psaki explained. According to her — «it is up to Iran to return to the full compliance with their obligations under the treaty».On Sunday, the US president, Joe Biden, told on air of the ’CBS’ that the US administration won’t lift the anti-Iranian sanctions in order to bring Tegnran back to the negotiating table on the treaty.
5 The USA
The US Republican and Democratic leaders have reached an agreement on the impeachment process of the former US President Donald Trump — said the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. The agreement will give an equal time to ask questions and make closing statements to both the prosecutors from the House of Representatives, and to the Donald Trump’s lawyers. The impeachment process will begin on 9th of February, with a discussion of the constitutionality of the impeachment against the ex-president. After that, a vote will take place.The legislators need a majority of the votes to be approved. Donald Trump’s prosecutors and lawyers will deliver their opening speeches on Wednesday. The parties were given 16 hours for 2 days to present their arguments to the Senate. The senators have 4 hours to ask their questions to lawyers and prosecutors from the lower house. It is possible to call witnesses. On Tuesday, senators will approve a resolution with the agreements on the format of the impeachment procedure.Chuck Schumer added that if the senators approve the impeachment of Donald Trump — a second vote will take place to ban the former US president from holding public office in the future.
The Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal, stated that he intends to discuss with the NATO representatives the acceleration of the Ukrainian integration into the NATO during the visit of the Ukrainian delegation to Brussels. He made this statement on Tuesday, at the ’Ukraine 30 — Coronavirus: Challenges and Answers’ forum.»There will be negotiations with the Euro-Atlantic structures regarding the Ukrainian integration into the NATO, and regarding the acceleration of those processes» — Denis Shmyhal explained and added that a meeting of the Council of the Ukraine-EU Association will take place during the visit. Denis Shmygal is expected to meet with the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, on Tuesday, after which they will make a statement to the press. Constantine Reztsov, specially for the ’ANNA NEWS’