Syria. An Israeli Air Force attack
The SANA news agency reported that the Syrian air defenses repelled a missile attack on a military airfield in the east of the province of Homs. The air strikes were carried out by the Israeli Air Force planes from the Al-Tanf border area, where an American base is located. The T-4 military airfield, located in the east of the province of Homs, was hit. The Syrian air defenses opened fire on the enemy targets, and they hit most of the missiles — the SANA quoted their source in the Syrian high command. It was noted that only material damage was inflicted. There were no casualties among the personnel.
The head of the Russian National Center for the Defense Management, Mikhail Mizintsev, and the Minister of the Municipal Administration and Environment of Syria, Hussein Makhluf, jointly stated that the Western countries spent about €100 millions of euros on funding the ‘White Helmets’ in Syria. «The total amount of funds, given by the Western countries to fund the activities of the non-governmental organization ‘White Helmets’ in Syria, is about €100 millions of euros. Most of the funds went to the organization of the staged footages that discredit the Syrian government in the eyes of the world community» — the statement stated.
3 Syria — The USA
A joint statement from the inter-agency coordination HQs of Russia and Syria stated that the USA and their allies are imposing illegal economic sanctions against Syria. It was underlined that the economic sanctions «have a negative impact mostly on the ordinary Syrians». The statement added that the illegal presence of the USA and their allies in the international coalition in Syria leads to the plundering of the Syrian natural resources, and to the escalation of the tension in the region. «A striking example is the conclusion of an agreement on the cooperation in the production and sale of oil between the American oil company ‘Delta Crescent Energy’ and the armed terrorist separatist forces that operate in north-east of Syria» — the statement explained and specified that — »the deal ignores the international laws, violates the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Syria. It serves as a cover to fund the US-controlled terrorist enclaves, and it is a continuation of the Washington’s criminal policy, aimed to sabotage the efforts of Damascus to restore the legitimate power and unity of the country» — the document concluded.
4 Russia — Syria
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stated during a meeting with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, that Russia considers the finished meeting of the Drafting Group of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva to be successful and effective. He underlined that Russia, as a guarantor state of the Astana format, will continue to support the efforts, aimed to reach an intra-Syrian agreement on the constitutional reform.
5 The USA — Russia
The US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, stated during a press conference that the US administration considers the current negotiations between Russia and the US on the further nuclear arms reductions to be «productive». The US Secretary of State underlined that Beijing needs to join the strategic dialogue between Moscow and Washington, given the weight of China on the world stage. Michael Pompeo added that China is conducting large-scale missile tests. «More missile tests took place in China during the last year than in all the Western countries combined» — Michael Pompeo added. In his opinion — the Chinese steps must comply with the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, as well as the implementation of «signed and unsigned» obligations of such kind.
The ‘1 TV’ reported that the Afghan authorities released nearly 5,000 Taliban prisoners under an agreement with the Taliban. It was noted that the Afghan government can’t release a group of 7 Taliban members. A number of countries, including France and Australia, opposed their release. The Afghan National Security Council spokesman, Javid Faisal, underlined that the Afghan authorities are making diplomatic efforts, and they are looking forward for the start of the direct negotiations. Earlier on Thursday, the Reuters reported while citing an Afghan official that the country’s authorities will release from prison, and send to Qatar, a group of 7 prisoners, whose release is being demanded by the Taliban. A source of the Reuters confirmed that a delegation from the Afghan government will travel during this week to the talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital of Doha. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.