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Washington extended the work site on election of the President of Belarus

The work of the polling station at the election of the President of Belarus in the country's Embassy in Washington it was decided to extend after the official closing at 20.00 local time (03.00 GMT), so that everyone could have time to vote, said one of the independent observers, working on the site.

"The Chairman of the Commission decided to extend the work phase until the vote of all who remain at the Embassy. Please note that vote will give those who are already standing and waiting for their turn at the Embassy," said an observer of the audience.

Solovyov responded sharply to the accusations of Poland in the death of Kaczynski

TV presenter and journalist Vladimir Solovyov in an interview with the portal "Ura.ru" said charges in the crash of Tu-154 of Polish President Lech kaczyński, said that Russia has nothing to do with this tragic issue.

As earlier it became known, the Polish Commission for re-investigation of the crash claims that a TNT explosion which was allegedly the cause of the crash, laid on a plane during repairs in Russia.

Iran's Supreme leader called the U.S. sanctions a crime

Us sanctions against Iran are a crime aimed at the collapse of the economy, said Iran's Supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

"Of course, the US sanctions is a crime, a great crime against the nation," said Khamenei, whose speech was shown in Iranian TV.

Foreign Ministry: Moscow is open for dialogue with the US on strategic issues

Moscow is open to continue dialogue with Washington on strategic issues, considers it highly important and intends to continue to build relations with the United States in the field of arms control, said at the briefing, Deputy Director of the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry Alexei Zaitsev.

"Russia is open to continued dialogue with Washington on various aspects of strategic perspective, we believe it is important, in particular, in order to try to prevent further destruction of the international agreements in force in this area," he said.

USA violates UN security Council resolution on Kosovo, the foreign Ministry said

Washington, helping the Kosovars to create their own army, grossly violates resolution 1244 of the UN Security Council, which allows only the presence on the territory of Kosovo peacekeeping forces, said Thursday the Deputy official representative of the MFA of Russia Alexei Zaitsev.

"The intent of Washington is to help the Kosovars to create their own army, however, thus grossly violated the provisions of the resolution of the UN Security Council 1244, which foresees the dismantling of all Kosovo-Albanian paramilitaries, allowing the presence in the region exclusively to the international peacekeeping contingent", - he told at a briefing.

Florida launched a Atlas V rocket with the Mars Rover Perseverance

In Florida, launched a carrier rocket Atlas V with a research Rover Perseverance, which is to look for traces of life on Mars, live broadcast of the launch leads NASA.

The carrier rocket was launched at 07:50 am East coast time USA (14:50 GMT). Arrival research Rover into orbit is scheduled for February 18, 2021.

Foreign Ministry: Moscow is watching the character of statements of the USA on the Arctic theme

Moscow is closely following the character and thrust of the statements by the United States on Arctic topics, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Ambassador at large of the MFA of Russia Nikolay Korchunov.

"We carefully monitor the nature and direction of the official statements of Washington for the Arctic theme. In General, the administration of Donald trump continues to emphasize the special role of the US in Northern Affairs, imposing their own approaches. It seeks to prevent the growing influence in the region "opponents" and counts with the support of allies to strengthen its position in the issue of development of Northern resources," said Korchunov.

Operator "Nord stream — 2" responded to reports about the suspension of work

The unfinished area of the "Nord stream-2" is not subject to seasonal restrictions of construction of the spawning cod, told RIA Novosti press-service of the operator of project Nord Stream AG 2.

Restrictions on work in the area of cod spawning overlap from July to August. They apply to construction in the Bornholm basin in the southwestern part of the Baltic sea.

In Chengdu officially closed the Consulate General of the United States

The U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu is officially closed in accordance with the request of the Chinese side to 10.00, said in a statement the Chinese foreign Ministry.

It is reported that after this, the representatives of the competent authorities of China entered the territory of the institution through the main gate and took him in his charge.

Media: in Houston, a group of men tried to force open the door of the Consulate of China

Several people were seen near the Chinese Consulate in Houston while trying to break down the back door of the building, Reuters reported.

According to the Agency, a group of people trying to force open the door, I noticed almost immediately after 16.00 local time (00.00 GMT) entered into force on the disposal of States to close its Chinese offices. It is reported that earlier, the same group of people who, according to the Agency, could be us officials, locked the door on the other side of the building. The Agency reports that to be presented to journalists, they refused.

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