Тhe US obstruct Russia in the UN proceedings
The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the US on an attempt of stopping of the Russian participation in the work of the UN. This statement was made after Washington failed to issue an entry visa to a Russian chemical expert, Dmitry Poklonsky. He was supposed to partake in a briefing on the report of the mission that investigates the use of the chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma in April of 2018. That incident caused an unlawful missile attack of the Western coalition on Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry underlined that the US are trying to prevent the spread of the information about the incident in the Syrian city of Douma. Additionally, the US unfairly fulfill their obligations as the host of the UN HQ in New York, and even use such position for their own selfish foreign policy purposes.
In the past two days, the Libyan National Army, commanded by the Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, intensified their air strikes on the Tripoli suburbs — the Associated Press reports while citing Libyan officials. According to the Associated Press — the Libyan National Army attacked the ‘Navazi’ militant group, 7 kilometers from Tripoli. That group supports the Government of National Consent, headed by Faiz Saraj. On 4th of April, Field Marshal Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, started an offensive on Tripoli. During this week, the Libyan National Army launched the second phase of the offensive in the south of Tripoli. The fighting is continuing in the outskirts of Tripoli.
The Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced that his government decided to increase the number of US troops in the country. “Thus we declare: the decision regarding the quantitative strengthening of the American troops in Poland has been taken” — RIA NEWS quoted his words. He noted that the negotiations are underway on the details of the agreement. Mariusz Blašack expressed his hope that the negotiations will end during this year. There are currently about 4,500 US troops in Poland — an American armored brigade, and a multinational battalion group. Later, the Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon denied the statement of the Polish minister, and explained that Washington and Warsaw are still discussing this issue. No final agreement has been reached yet.
The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially announced the abdication of Emperor Akihito from his throne after 30 years of rule, ‘EFE’ agency reported. Shinzo Abe expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Japanese people to the Emperor, and the Empress Michiko. “His Majesty, in accordance with the provisions of a special law, resigns from his powers today” — says the message of Shinzo Abe. Thus, the Heisei era, meaning ‘Establishment of Peace’, ends in Japan. The era began on 8th of January, 1989, with Akihito’s ascension to the throne. The Heisei era will be replaced by the era of «Reiwa» — «Beautiful harmony», starting from 1st May, with the new emperor Naruhito, the eldest son of Akihito. In August of 2016, Akihito addressed the nation, and stated that he plans to leave the throne.