13:42 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Pepe Escobar - The absolutely key issue is how the West was caught completely unprepared for the spread of Covid-19 – even after being provided a head start of two months by China, and having the time to study different successful strategies applied across Asia.
17:06 [Tass] (E)
Presidents of Russia and the United States Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed the novel coronavirus pandemic combating and the situation on the global oil market in a telephone conversation, the Kremlin’s press service says on Monday. "The two heads of state expressed serious concern over the rapid global spread of the coronavirus infection and informed each other about measures taken in their countries to handle this threat," the Kremlin said. "They discussed options for closer cooperation between the two countries in this sphere," the press service added. The leaders discussed also the current status of the world’s oil market. "An arrangement was made on Russian-US consultations in this regard through energy department heads," the Kremlin said. "Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump agreed to continue personal contacts," the press service noted.
18:47 [China Daily] (E)
United States President Donald Trump`s recent labeling of the novel coronavirus pneumonia pandemic as originating from a "Chinese virus" has triggered widespread backlash from the international community. Officials and commentators worldwide used words like "racist" and "xenophobic" to describe the term and said it is part of Washington`s attempt to shift blame to China for its delayed, inefficient response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Instead of terms such as "COVID-19" or "coronavirus", the US top leader used the term in both his Wednesday and Thursday news conferences at the White House as well as in some recent tweets, and he publicly rejected reporters` questions about whether the term was racist.
22:59 [Global Research] (E)
After the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) found a reasonable basis to believe that U.S. military and CIA leaders committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, Team Trump threatened to ban ICC judges and prosecutors from the U.S. and warned it would impose economic sanctions on the Court if it launched an investigation.
22:13 [PressTV] (E)
Syria`s Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari says the Damascus government and the Syrian nation will not allow Turkey to split and annex any part of the Arab country’s embattled northwestern province of Idlib.
15:55 [RT] (E)
The UN-mandated report which accuses Russia of alleged war crimes in Syria heavily relies on anonymous sources and lacks evidence but smacks of deliberate disinformation intended to halt the eradication of terrorism in Idlib.
15:37 [Tass] (E)
President of the United States Donald Trump is ready to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as with the leaders of China, Britain and France to discuss the issue of arms control, Reuters reported on Saturday citing a high-ranking official in the US administration. "The United States will use this opportunity to bring both Russia and China into the international arms control framework and head off a costly arms race," the news agency quoted its unnamed source as saying.
15:36 [Tass] (E)
The Syrian army has a full right to respond to terrorist attacks on its territory, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said. "In response to the ongoing violations of the ceasefire regime within the zone of Idlib, the Syrian army certainly has the right to respond and suppress terrorists," Nebenzya said speaking at the UN Security Council session on the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib. "We cannot forbid the Syrian army to fulfill requirements, stipulated by the UN Security Council resolutions on the unconditional fight against terrorism in all of its forms, particularly on its territory - the territory of sovereign Syria," Nebenzya added.
14:38 [Stalker Zone] (E)
This year’s Munich Security Conference was attended by leading politicians from 40 countries. Everyone tried to solve their problems. The Americans fought for freedom and democracy around the world, targeting China and Russia. They tried to persuade the world not to work with Chinese suppliers of 5G systems, and, within the framework of the Three Seas Initiative, tried to rid Europe of cheap (but authoritarian) Russian energy, replacing them with expensive (but democratic) American ones. The Europeans, before discussing who they should be energy-dependent on (on cheap authoritarianism or expensive democracy), wanted to know whether the Americans would protect them if something happened.