The US Embassy in Moscow won’t issue visas to Russians
1 Russia — Syria
The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Russia is ready to send observers to the presidential elections in Syria, which will be held on 26th of May. Russia expressed a hope that the vote will be held in accordance with the existing national and international standards, despite the on-going illegal foreign occupation of some Syrian territories. It was noted that the elections are exclusively an internal affair of Syria, and they fully comply with the requirements of the current national legislation. Any statements about the illegitimacy of the elections are rude political pressure, and an interference in the internal affairs of Syria.
2 The USA — Afghanistan
The deputy spokeswoman for the White House, Karin Jean-Pierre, stated that the USA have started pulling out the US troops from Afghanistan. Additional troops were sent to the region. She reminded that during the last week, the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, approved the request of the Armed Forces Central Command for the temporary dispatch of additional troops to support the safe withdrawal of the US forces from Afghanistan. Earlier it became known that the NATO started pulling their forces out of Afghanistan. It was noted that the withdrawal is taking place in an organized and coordinated manner.
3 Tajikistan — Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan agreed to end the recent armed conflict. The troops will be pulled out from the border. The parties agreed to create a joint group to resolve the conflict situation on the border of the two countries. The conflict between the locals of the two countries took place on 28th of April. On 29th of April the conflict escalated into an armed clash. The Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan reported that 13 people died. 134 people were injured. The border service of the State Committee of the National Security of Kyrgyzstan reported that 22 servicemen were injured. Currently the situation on the border has stabilized.
4 The USA — Ukraine
During an interview to the CBS the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that he will visit Ukraine in the next week. The US mass media reported that his visit to Kiev should demonstrate to the US allies in the NATO that Washington doesn’t intend to abandon its tough course toward Moscow at the Russian-American summit that could take place this summer. Anthony Blinken noted that the USA noticed that a part of the Russian troops were pulled away from the border with Ukraine.
The ’Jerusalem Post’ reported that a tribune collapsed during a religious holiday in north of Israel. At least 44 people died, and more than 100 people were injured. The local mass media noted that some of the people could have been injured or killed as a result of the panic that took place right after the collapse. The organizers of the Thursday evening celebrations numbered more than 100,000 people that attended the event.
6 The USA — Russia
The US Embassy in Moscow will stop issuing visas to Russians from 12th of May — the press service of the American Embassy announced. The exceptions will be the diplomatic visas and emergency services for the US citizens, and a limited number of immigrant visas, if they expire, and the immigration visas in cases of deadly threats. The American consulate will cut down their staff by 75%. Constantine Reztsov, specially for the ANNA NEWS