Tokaev took the oath of the president
Donald Trump announced, during his meeting with the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, that he might give NATO membership to Brazil — Euronews reports. Donald Trump underlined that the US are considering an option of giving Brazil an opportunity to join the alliance. The presidents agreed that the United States and Brazil support the leader of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, who declared himself an interim president of the country. They also both declared their intention to “build a new cooperation between the two countries in order to increase the prosperity, enhance the security and promote democracy». At the same time Jair Bolsonaro mentioned that his country won’t take part in a possible military operation against Venezuela.
During Wednesday, the former chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan’s Parliament, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev, assumed the office of the country’s president. He took the oath of the president to the people of Kazakhstan during a joint meeting of the chambers of the parliament. He became the president of Kazakhstan for the remaining term of office of the already elected president, which expires in April of 2020. On Tuesday, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led Kazakhstan for almost 30 years announced his retirement. The speaker of the Senate of Kazakhstan, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev was appointed as his successor. At the same time, Nursultan Nazarbayev himself will remain as the head of the Security Council of Kazakhstan.
The head of the Russian Center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, Viktor Kupchishin, announced that as a result of a terrorist sniper attack on a school bus in the north-west of the Syrian city of Aleppo — two children were killed. According to him, the sniper fire came from the territory of the Leramunt district, which is under control of the terrorist groups. Additionally, during the daytime, the terrorists fired at several settlements in the idlib DMZ. Viktor Kupchishin accused the USA in the obstruction of the evacuation of the «Syrian citizens that are still being forcibly detained in the Rukban camp, and are being subjected to arbitrariness by the US-controlled radical armed groups».
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held talks with the Syrian President Bashar Assad, and handed over to him the message from Vladimir Putin — RIA NEWS reports. The visit of Sergei Shoigu to Syria took place by the instruction of the Russian president. During the talks, the issues of fighting against the international terrorism in Syria, various matters of security in the Middle East region, and the post-conflict settlement were discussed. The topics of further expansion of the possibilities for the (valen-tree) voluntary return of the refugees to their places of residence in Syria were discussed as well. Also the issues of providing of the humanitarian aid to the Syrian population.