Syria. Terrorist shelling in Idlib
The SANA news agency reported that from Tuesday, 26th of May, the Syrian government lifts the curfews that took place from 19:30 to 6 AM. This was stated in a government decree, adopted after a meeting of the anti-crisis HQs, headed by the Syrian Cabinet of ministers, led by the Syrian Prime Minister — Imad Khamis. From Tuesday, the ban on the night-time travel ceases to apply. The transport communications between the provinces resume as well. A new work schedule is being established for the trade and service companies — from 8 AM till 19:00. The text of the decree underlined that the Syrian government may impose a new curfew at any given time, depending on the sanitary and epidemiological situation. «The taken measures are aimed at maintaining the balance between the protection of the public health and containing the coronavirus on one hand, and the continuation of the economic life on the other» — the decree concluded.
The head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, Rear-Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, stated during a briefing that the terrorist organization «Jebhat al-Nusra» shelled a village in the Syrian province of Idlib. «Over the past day, there were no attacks by the illegal armed groups, controlled by Turkey. However, there was one attack on the village of Maarret-Muhos, in the province of Idlib, by the terrorist organization ‘Jabhat al-Nusra’ » — said Oleg Zhuravlev. The Russian military police continues to patrol several routes in the provinces of Aleppo and Hasakah.
The ‘Tolo News’ TV reported that the Afghan authorities announced their willingness to extend the ceasefire with the Taliban. The ceasefire was established recently, during the Muslim holiday ‘Eid al-Fitr’. «An extension of the ceasefire is important. The Afghan government is ready to extend it» — The ‘Tolo News TV’ quoted an official from the National Security Council of Afghanistan, Javad Faisal. He underlined that «the government will agree to extend the ceasefire in order to ensure the further release of the Taliban prisoners, and to reduce the level of violence in the country». Javad Faisal also pointed out that «the Taliban must fulfill their obligations under the peace agreement with the USA».
The press service of the Iranian embassy in Russia reported that Twitter blocked not only the page of the Iranian embassy in Russia, but also the official accounts of the Iranian embassies in several other countries. «The blocking of the Iranian social networks took place not only on the diplomatic mission in Russia. According to the information that we have, the accounts of several Iranian embassies in other countries were blocked without any explanation» — said a representative of the Iranian embassy to the news agency ‘TASS’. The embassy’s account in Russia was blocked on 22nd of May, when the Islamic world celebrated the ‘Jerusalem Day’. The embassy noted that «we sent a request 4 times, according to the instructions provided by Twitter, in order to find out the reason of the blocking. So far we have not received any answer».
The Japanese Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, stated that Japan and Russia will plan the consultations on the joint economic activities in the southern Kuril Islands, while taking into account the situation with the coronavirus pandemic. «Our leaders agreed in Nagato that the joint economic activity on the ‘northern territories’ should not contradict the legal positions of both countries. We intend to use our diplomatic channels to discuss the upcoming agenda, while taking into account the situation with the new coronavirus» — Toshimitsu Motegi explained. This was his comment on the report from the ‘Kyodo’ agency, which stated that Russia had suggested Japan to postpone the resolution of the issue ‘under whose legislation the joint economic activities on the islands’ should be carried out.
6 The NATO — Russia
«Russia and the NATO were unable to agree on the rejection of military exercises, and on the manifestation of military restraint during the pandemic» — the newspaper ‘Kommersant’ reports. A letter with a proposal to give up the military activities was sent to the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov. According to the newspaper, in the response letter Jens Stoltenberg stated that the NATO activities are defensive in nature, and their enhancement is related to the Russian activities in the Eastern Europe. Oana Lungescu, a spokeswoman of NATO, confirmed the position of the head of the NATO. According to her — the “enhanced forward presence” in the eastern part of the alliance is related with the “use of force” by Russia against the neighboring countries, and with the buildup of the Russian military potential in the Baltic region. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.