Spain is ready to send its task force to Afghanistan which will help the United States in its lasting anti-terrorist action since next spring. RIA Novosti was informed of this by Spanish government sources. According to the sources, Spanish commandos participated in combat operations in the Balkans and may be used in land forces' operations in Afghanistan. At present, Spain supports the Afghan operation by allowing the United States to use its two military bases and two destroyers which patrol the eastern part of the Mediterranean now.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign