Mongolia will not participate in the forthcoming UN peace-keeping mission in Afghanistan, Defence Minister of Mongolia Gurragcha told RIA Novosti on Friday. According to him, at the present time the Mongolian military have the status of observers in the UN peace-keeping forces, which does not envisage their direct participation in military operations. This notwithstanding, as the Minister noted, active preparation of a Mongolian peace-keeping sub-unit and provision of it with technical equipment are under way in the country's armed forces.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea
President Vladimir Putin has not released an official statement yet about his position on the issue of the pension reform in Russia