Anatoly Kvashnin, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, has ruled out the possibility of the Russian troops pulling out of Chechnya after talks with Chechen rebels, as was the case in 1996 after the truce signed in Khasavyurt, Daghestan. "A second Khasavyurt will not repeat itself in Chechnya," RIA Novosti quoted the general as saying. Kvashnin has elaborated that the Russian forces in Chechnya stay put and are determined to prevent the turmoil Chechnya was thrown into when a separatist government took over in 1996.
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities