14.03 - conflict between Russia and Britain gets worse
- by Anna K.
Political news from around the world: Rex Tillerson gets fired from the Secretary of State position; political crisis between Russia and britain get new turns. News form the markets.
The run of Tillerson as the secretary of state can’t be called smooth and, after their tension between him and Trump broke, Tillerson was freed from the position his was occupying.
The following opinion is quite popular: Rex Tillerson will be remembered as the worst secretary of state. Well, one of the worst, anyway. He had no diplomatic experience prior to his position in the White House and that, of course, raised a few eyebrows. Tillerson was the one, proposing all the additions to the military budget and cutting the state department budget.
Trump also wasn’t very shy to talk bad about Tillerson in public, so it was of no surprise that he lost his position. According to the President Mike Pompeo – the current head of the CIA is going to occupy the place of Tillerson. And Gina Haspel will, in her order occupy the CIA head’s office – she will become the first woman to do so.
Allegedly, Tillerson found out about the firing via Trump’s tweet.
There May is aiming to show teeth in the recent conflict between May’s office and Putin’s regime in Russia. So far it is unknown what May will do to punish Russian government over the alleged poisoning of a former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
So far May’s plans are to meet with her security officers to see whether Russian officials have come up with an answer good enough to put out the conflict. But so far, the answer in nowhere to be found. Putin’s office in negating all the allegations which are thrown towards them. As the deadline for the answer was due until Tuesday, now it is May’s turn to fulfill the promise.
Now people are wondering, whether the murder of Skripal, who used to be an informant for the British special services, will lead to termination of diplomatic relations between the nations.
British physicist and the author of world-wide known book “A Brief history of Time” Steven Hawking has died aged 76 at his home in Cambridge early on Wednesday.
The official statement from Hawking’s family says: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”
Hawking was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease since he was 21.
Today the situation on Asian markets is getting worse, but still the attention of the world is coming to the doubtful mood in the White House, as more and more members of Trump’s staff are getting nervous about the policies led by the American president. American equities are down, just as Asian indexes.
Topix lost 0.4 percent.
Kospi from South Korea is down 0.3 percent.
Hang Seng from Hong Kong fell whopping 1.4 percent.
S&P 500 futures is down by 0.1 percent.
Yen rose 0.05 percent with dollar being down – 106.54 yen per dollar.
Euro rose but not as much as the traders would want it to. Less than 0.05 percent - $1.2394.
WTI oil fell 0.1 percent to the point of $60.67.
Gold fell 0.1 percent to the point of $1.325.57 per ounce.