Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:28
Russia Says Invitation for Ex-Presidential Candidate to Brussels Interference in Belarusian Affairs
TEHRAN (FNA)- Brussels’ overtures to the former Belarusian presidential candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, and invitation for her to attend a meeting of the EU foreign ministers amount to interference in the republic’s affairs, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Saturday.

"EU foreign ministers’ overtures to the self-appointed Belarusian opposition representative and her invitation to Brussels ‘to communicate’ is an integral part of the scenario to meddle in Belarus’ domestic affairs. It is a brazen violation of fundamental norms of the United Nations Charter and the Helsinki Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which anniversaries are marked by international community this year," she stated, TASS reported.

The diplomat added that Russia would view this contact "as another proof of the European Union’s retreat from previous statements that there is no geopolitics in regard to Belarus or any parallels with the scenario of February 2014 in Ukraine when certain EU nations had come forward as so-called guarantors of the agreement between the government and opposition, which was trampled on the next day".

According to Zakharova, this course was supported by High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell’s statements on non-recognition of Alexander Lukashenko as Belarus’ president elect as well as by the European Parliament resolution passed on September 17, which in fact calls for unconstitutional change of power in that country.

The diplomat focused attention on EU threats to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials.

Zakharova emphasized that such restrictions would run counter to the goals of restoring stability, of launching a dialogue and a constitution process and of easing tensions.

"The attempts to ‘rock the boat’ are obvious, and Brussels should not be surprised that there will be a response," she said.

The Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman added that in the wake of a sanctions threat, Brussels was working on mechanisms to funnel the 53 million euros, previously allocated to Belarus, to the EU-selected Belarusian NGOs and media, bypassing the country’s official authorities.

"Behind imaginary concern for the people of Belarus, the EU actually tries to decide for them how they should live. We would say again that the EU prefers not to talk about the constitutional reform, which aims to promote a nationwide dialogue in this country," she stated.

"In general, we can see that disrespect for objective intra-political realities, rampant support to opposition forces, up to recognition of ‘impostors’ by certain EU member states which Brussels is unable to ‘rein in’, and the option to oust the current government through sanctions, pressure and propaganda are being increasingly entrenched in the EU foreign policy arsenal. Regrettably, Belarus is not the only example in this respect," she noted.

The diplomat urged the European Union to review its policy, which obstructs normalization in the country.

On Friday, Borrell announced that it would be a good idea to have breakfast with Tikhanovskaya on September 21 to discuss Belarus. The EU diplomat pointed out that the former Belarusian presidential candidate would not attend the meeting of EU foreign ministers.

Nationwide demonstrations have engulfed Belarus following the August 9 presidential election. According to the Central Election Commission’s official results, Lukashenko won by a landslide, garnering 80.10% of the vote. His closest rival in the race, Tikhanovskaya, came in second, with 10.12% of the ballot. However, she refused to recognize the election’s outcome, and left Belarus for Lithuania. After the results of the exit polls were announced late on August 9, mass protests erupted in downtown Minsk and other Belarusian cities. During the early post-election period, the rallies snowballed into fierce clashes between the protesters and police.





Bottom top
Iran’s Mersad, Tabas Missile Systems Target Hypothetical Enemy Drones in Drills

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Air Defense Force and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force’s Mersad and Tabas missile systems attacked hypothetical enemy targets in joint drills on Wednesday.
Another Karabakh War Rocket Hits House at Iran’s Bordering Village

TEHRAN (FNA)- A rocket fired during clashes between the warring sides, Armenia and Azerbaijan, landed in a village house in the Northeastern bordering province of East Azarbaijan in Iran.
Karabakh Conflict: Diplomatic Efforts Underway as 2nd Truce Falls Apart

TEHRAN (FNA)- The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan arrived in Russia to discuss their countries’ dispute over the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, days before heading to Washington for separate meetings with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as heavy fighting over the region is in its fourth week.
US Embassy Found Guilty of Deadly Attack against Residential Areas in Baghdad

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior commander of Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) said that the US embassy in Baghdad was behind the September attack against a house in the Iraqi capital which killed 5 civilians.
Rescue Officials: At Least Five Dead, 20 Wounded in Karachi Building Blast

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least five people have been killed and more than 20 wounded after an explosion in a residential building in the Southern Pakistani city of Karachi, rescue officials said.
Over 5,600 More People in Iran Infected with Coronavirus

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian health ministry announced on Wednesday that 5,616 new cases of coronavirus infection have been identified across the country during the past 24 hours, adding that 312 patients have passed away during the same period.
UK Labour Accuses Johnson of 'Bargaining with People’s Lives' over Lockdown Support

TEHRAN (FNA)- Labour leader Keir Starmer accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “dividing communities” and pitting regions against each other in his approach to local lockdowns, arguing that areas put in the top level of coronavirus restrictions were likely to be stuck there for months.
Iranian FM Asks Arab Neighbors to Choose between Instability, Peace

TEHRAN (FNA)- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Iran’s neighbors in the Persian Gulf to cooperate in the establishment of peace and security in the region.
Report: Most Arrests During Protests in US Are Suburban Adults Not Extremists

TEHRAN (FNA)- Most people who were arrested during nationwide protests of racial injustice and police brutality were young suburban adults as opposed to the left-wing extremists groups that President Donald Trump and his allies have repeatedly targeted, an analysis from the Associated Press found.
FM Zarif: Iran Urging All States to Choose Peace, Security, Stability

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a Twitter message urged all the world countries to choose peace, security, and stability instead of remaining prisoners of the past.
NYPD to Increase Police Presence Days Before Presidential Election

TEHRAN (FNA)- The New York Police Department (NYPD) plans to increase police presence in the city in the eight days ahead of the 2020 election, officials announced on Tuesday.
IRGC, Army Destroy Aggressive Targets by Powerful Indigenous Air Defense Shields during Joint Drills

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces exercised destruction of hypothetical enemy targets in high and mid altitudes by the powerful home-made Third of Khordad and Khordad 15 air defense systems during the joint aerial wargames on Wednesday.
Breonna Taylor Grand Juror Claims Panel Was Not Given A Chance to Consider Homicide Charges Against US Cops

TEHRAN (FNA)- A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case came forward to claim that the panel was not given an opportunity to consider homicide charges against the Louisville police officers involved in the 26-year-old EMT's death.
Iran: Pakistani Traders Able to Invest in Chabahar

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran expressed its preparedness to accept Pakistani merchants and companies for investment in Chabahar Special Economic Zone, Mirjaveh and the new Rimdan border crossing, according to Deputy Governor of Sistan and Balouchestan province Mandana Zangeneh.
Speaker Informs of New Economic Decisions for Trade

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said that new decisions have been made on goods swap, foreign exchange supply and imports and exports procedure.