In January-February of 2002, slight cuts will be made in Russian peacekeeping contingents in Kosovo /Yugoslavia/ and Bosnia and Herzegovina, said Colonel-General Nikolai Kormiltsev, commander-in-chief of Russia's ground forces. The cuts will affect mainly officers. The aim of the measure is to bring the numerical strength of the peacekeeping contingents in line with their missions. At present the brigade of Russian peace-keepers in Kosovo numbers 2,000 men and that in Bosnia, 600 men. The general emphasised that no pull-out of Russian peace-keepers from Bosnia and Herzegovina is planned.
Putin made his first public comment on the subject of the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel