Russia did not violate the ceasefire in Idlib
Morgan Ortagus, the head of the US State Department press service, twitted that Russia and Syria allegedly violated the ceasefire in the Idlib Province. Morgan Ortagus announced that the US strongly condemned the act of violence, and the US once again called on Russia and Assad «to end those brutal attacks». Morgan Ortegus didn’t give any evidence to her words. On Thursday, the head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Parties, Major-General Yuri Borenkov, announced that over the past day, the terrorists fired 60 times at the settlements in the provinces of Latakia, Aleppo, Idlib and Hama. Yuri Borenkov also said that «the reports from a number of mass media outlets about the attacks, allegedly inflicted by the Russian aircraft on the civilian targets in the Idlib DMZ, are false». “Since the beginning of the ceasefire, the Russian Air Force hasn’t carried out any combat sorties” — Yuri Borenkov concluded.
2 the Gaza Strip — Israel
The IDF twitted that in response to the explosive balloons that were launched from the Gaza Strip during an entire day — an IDF combat helicopter attacked underground infrastructure of the HAMAS. The Israeli mass media reported about two groups of balloons with attached explosive devices — they were sent towards south of Israel, on Thursday. One group of the balloons exploded shortly after landing. At the same time, 4 missiles were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. 2 missiles were intercepted by the ‘Iron Dome’ air defense system.
The Western mass media reported that the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, has arrived in Greece. His visit was not announced. The ‘Athens-Macedonian News Agency’ reports that Khalifa Haftar will meet with the Greek Prime Minister, Kiriakos Mitsotakis, and with the Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, in Athens — on Friday. On Thursday, Khalifa Haftar met with the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
The Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis, during his interview to the ‘Alpha’ TV channel, announced that Athens would veto any possible decisions of the Berlin conference on Libya, if they won’t mention the cancellation of the memoranda between Ankara and Tripoli on the de-limitation of the maritime zones and the military cooperation. He called the Turkish-Libyan memoranda to be «illegal.» He outlined the position of Greece in a letter to the EU, and in the interview with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. The Greek Prime Minister expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that Greece was not invited to the conference.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a large press conference on the results of 2019. He answered questions from the media representatives about the situation in Ukraine, Libya, relations with the United States, and the course of the Russian diplomacy. «The aggressive actions of a number of Western states, mostly — the United States, are the main destabilizing factor in the international arena» — he said. According to him, the world today is still »very feverish». Sergey Lavrov noted that by denying the representatives of a number of states to participate in the UN activities — Washington is openly abusing the US privileges. He added that the United States in 2020 may try to repeat the «Venezuelan scenario» in other states. Also, according to Sergei Lavrov, the United States are pulling Japan into their policy of confrontation with Russia. While speaking about the situation in Ukraine, he mentioned that the decisions, reached at the ‘Norman Four’ summit in Paris, should not remain on paper, as it was in the case with the former president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.
“The NATO has opened the first unmanned air reconnaissance system at the Sigonella airbase in Italy” — said the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, on Friday during the official opening ceremony of the system on Sicily. His speech was broadcast by the NATO press service. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.