Syria plans to return the province of Idlib
Sarah Sanders, a spokeswoman of the White House, announced that when the US will finish pulling their troops back from Syria — they will leave “a small peacekeeping force” of 200 soldiers — Interfax reports. She added that the presidents of the United States and Turkey, Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed the issues of the security zones in Syria by telephone. The mass media, while commenting this statement of the White House, reminded that during the last week, the Acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, visited Europe. He tried to convince the US Allies to maintain their military presence in Syria after the withdrawal of the American troops. Recently, The Washington Post reported that the allies rejected that request.
Juan Guaydo, the self-proclaimed president of Venezuela, tweeted his first decree as the head of the state — Interfax reports. The decree allows the import of humanitarian aid, the opening of borders with Brazil, and the maintenance of diplomatic relations with some countries. On Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned about a planned provocation during the import of the «humanitarian aid» to the Venezuelan people.
The commander of the US Navy in Europe and Africa, Admiral James Foggo, announced that the USA won’t allow Russia and China dominate the Arctic, and control the Northern Sea Route. According to him — this region should be equally used by all the countries of the Arctic Council, and no-one has the right to claim the Arctic. He added that the US want the region to remain free and open. In November 2018, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Joseph Dunford, announced that Russia extends its military presence in the Arctic. According to him — Washington doesn’t exclude the possibility of turning the region into a conflict zone in the future.
The Pentagon is preparing a new military strategy against Russia and China. The strategy involves a «stealthy invasion» deep into the enemy territory — said the head of the US Air Forces, General David Goldfein. He mentioned that Washington began developing the new strategy in response to the «threats» from Russia and China. The strategy will involve all the branches of the US forces. The main role will be played by the F-35 fighters as coordination HQs for the offensive. The idea is to strike the weak enemy points and avoid the strong ones. According to David Goldfine — the new strategy will give the US troops «asymmetrical advantages» over the enemy. The development of this strategy will take about a year. The cost will be about $ 135 billions of dollars — RIA NEWS