Russia participated in the “Normandy format” talks that were hosted by Germany on Friday. The negotiations lasted the whole day. Representatives from France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine participated at the summit, which was held in Berlin. The Normandy Format Talks were created in 2014, after Crimea’s annexation by Russia.
Spain’s north-eastern region of Catalonia has enforced a new lockdown measure today on more than 200,000 residents of Lérida, due to the multitude of outbreaks of the new coronavirus registered in the region. “We have decided to confine Segria due to data that confirms too significant a growth in the number of COVID-19 infections,” Catalan regional president Quim Torra told a news briefing.
The European Commission has conditionally approved the antiviral medication remdesiver as a treatment for COVID-19. Earlier, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended that remdesivir be approved for the treatment of patients over 12 years of age who suffer from COVID-19 and need oxygen support.
At least four people have been killed in a fireworks factory explosion in Sakarya province in Turkey. According to authorities who confirmed the incident, 97 people were injured in the explosion. The noise from the blast was heard around 30 miles from the scene, sending dozens of people into panic.
According to Amnesty International, a court in Istanbul on Friday sentenced Taner Kilic, the group’s former chairman in Turkey, to more than six years in prison for “membership in a terrorist group.” The court also convicted three other human rights activists, including Idil Eser, of charges of aiding a “terror group.”
According to reports received from New Delhi on Thursday, India’s Ministry of Defense agreed to purchase 33 new Russian fighter jets and upgrade 59 others. The military pact between New Delhi and Moscow is worth $2.45 billion, according to the Defense Ministry. India is facing security challenges due to its borders with China and Pakistan.
A British court has ruled against an application by Venezuela’s central bank for a refund of €890 million in gold reserves. According to the ruling by the British high court, Venezuela’s existing gold reserves in the UK will be given to the parallel government of Venezuela, led by Juan Guaido.
The Council of State in Turkey is considering a request by several organizations to convert the former Hagia Sophia Church into a new mosque. Anatolia News Agency reported that the decision may be made within the next 15 days at the latest. The issue has raised a great deal of concern from abroad.
A group of Russian scientists from the Crimean Federal University, together with experts from Moscow and Yekaterinburg, found some 661 lbs of bones of ancient animals. The remains found in June 2018 were located in one cave, which, according to scientists, was a haven for predators, where they dragged their prey.
After the United Kingdom said it would provide citizenship for Hong Kong citizens holding a British National Overseas (BNO) Passport, the Australian government also sent a signal that it intends to provide visa convenience to Hongkongers who are worried about their own safety.
A court in Britain today ruled that it is opposition leader Juan Guaidó, and not President Nicolás Maduro, who has authority over Venezuela’s gold reserves deposited at the Bank of England. The London Commercial Court ruled that the government had “unequivocally recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president,” rather than Maduro.
German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said that, due to some cases of extreme right-wing tendencies in the German Special Forces, structural changes are being made in the command of these forces. AKK added that some parts of these forces will be disbanded.
Turkey, and especially its coasts, attract tens of thousands of German tourists each year. Now the situation has changed with the prevalence of COVID-19. Turkey is on the list of countries the German Foreign Ministry has warned against visiting. Previously, nothing seemed to stop German tourists from going to the Turkish coast to spend their holidays.
Oxfam, in collaboration with the Greek Refugee Council, has published a report on the implications of the new Greek asylum law. According to the organization’s officials, the changes in the Greek asylum law practically mean violating the binding standards of European altruism.
Germany has a great responsibility in the most important arenas of international politics. The country took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months from today until the end of this year. At the same time, Germany will be in charge of chairing the UN Security Council next month.
In yet another protest move towards China, following its enactment of the controversial national security law that has been imposed in Hong Kong, the United States government has restricted defense equipment and high-tech products exports to Hong Kong. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressing representatives of countries participating in a virtual session of the UN Security Council, said that countries from Israel to the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, all “unanimously” want to extend and expand Iran’s arms embargo.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended its authorization for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to fly to Europe for the next six months, beginning July 1. It is the latest fallout over the fake pilots’ licenses scandal. EASA said it has lost confidence in the airline.
The British government is “deeply concerned” about the controversial new Hong Kong Security Law, passed Tuesday by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Specifically, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it may breach a treaty between London and Beijing. He added his government was considering what response to give.
French President Emmanuel Macron has criticized Turkey for its role in the Libyan conflict. Macron said Monday night, after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Mizeburg, near Berlin, that this role “is a threat to Africa and Europe, and France condemns external interference” in Libya.
Today is a big day for former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Ukrainian Prosecutor General will expect Poroshenko in his office under suspicion of committing a crime under Article 109, “actions aimed at overthrowing the constitutional order.” Such a charge carries five to ten years in prison.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the Palestinians to prepare to engage in negotiations on the West Bank annexation. He has asked the state not to miss out on a historic deliberation that will bring peace to both Palestinians and Israelis in the region.
Sudanese authorities announced that they had arrested 122 people who were on their way to Libya to “work as mercenaries,” according to the official SUNA news agency. The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) has long accused Sudanese mercenaries of supporting the forces of Khalifa Haftar.
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda leads after the first round of the country’s presidential elections, as per the partial results. However, he has failed to achieve the 50% of the vote needed to avoid a runoff with his closest competitor, centrist Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski.
According to Russian news outlet avia.pro, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that it is time for Turkey to actively continue its military operations in Syria’s Idlib province. The publication quoted him as saying that the Turkish military will continue to fight all “terrorist organizations” that pose a threat to Turkey’s security, whether inside its borders or outside them.
On Wednesday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, spoke at a joint press conference with President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. During a press conference, President Trump said that the United States plans to reduce American military personnel stationed in Germany.
Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Martin has been elected Ireland’s new Taoiseach, or Prime Minister. The election comes after four months of negotiations. Martin will only serve for half of the full five-year term, that is, for only two and a half years, as per the coalition agreement by three of Ireland’s political parties.
The issue of reading the black box of a Ukrainian passenger plane seems to be coming to an end. French officials have announced that they will begin reading the black box on July 20. The passenger plane was shot down by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 8.
On June 26, the head of the Russian delegation in Vienna stated that there are no prerequisites for the modernization of the Vienna Document, which was initiated by 34 states. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held its annual conference in Vienna from June 23-25. The statement came post-OSCE Conference.
Ukraine is going to hold local elections in October 2020. Due to the Coronavirus, campaigns for the autumn elections must be adapted to the new norm, with coronavirus restrictions and social distancing. Therefore, it is difficult to hold a rally or a large gathering of people to convey your platform message.
Six people, including a police officer and two minors, were seriously injured by a man who attacked them with a knife in a hotel in central Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday. The criminal was later killed by police fire. The hotel where the incident occurred apparently houses asylum seekers and refugees.
The German health minister has promised to increase funding for the World Health Organization’s activities by millions of euros. The donations will be used to support the organization’s efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus, and COVID-19 disease.
Lufthansa shareholders, at a general assembly meeting Thursday, agreed to a €9 billion rescue plan for the company. The plan was supported by 98% of the shareholder capital that cast a vote during the online meeting, and was the result of weeks of tough negotiations.
Sudan received pledges of nearly $2 billion in aid, including €150 million from Germany, during an international conference hosted by Germany. The conference was aimed at supporting the transition process in a country that is under a debt burden, and suffering from a severe economic crisis.
On July 1st, Russian citizens will go to vote on the amendments to the Russian Constitution proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ballot will include only yes or no questions. However, the details of the changes are not provided for the voters on the day of the vote.
In Libya, the operation by the forces under the Government of National Accord (GNA) to retake the city of Sirte back from the hands of General Khalifa Haftar continues. Rejecting Haftar’s call for a ceasefire, the Tripoli government, supported by Turkey, say they will not sit at the table without Sirte.
A vaccine against the new coronavirus, which is being developed by the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, has started human trials in Brazil, the country with the second-highest number of cases and deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. The tests began in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an announcement today that on July 4th, the country’s bars, restaurants, hotels, beauty salons, cinemas and museums will be reopened. In addition, weddings may also be held again. “Today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end,” he said.
News reports quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the United States had submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for a continued unrestricted arms embargo on Iran. Iran’s arms embargo, under the IAEA Board, continues until October of this year.
Russia’s Federal Security Bureau (FSB) announced the arrest of the head of the district Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kursk region, Police Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Borzenkov, on Monday. He is charged with high treason pertaining the transmission of information constituting Russian State secrets to the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine).