64% of Russians are convinced that the Chechen War is continuing compared to 59% in December, according to a recent VTsIOM survey. Only 26% said that live is peaceful in Chechnya down from 28% in December.
66% said that now is the time to begin peace talks, while only 20% are convinced that military activity should be continued. In regard to the goals in Chechnya of the Russian government, 40% said they are preserving Russian territorial integrity, 34% answered they are waging the war on international terrorism, 27% responded that the government was reestablishing constitutional law in Chechnya, 21% said they were providing security to other Russian regions, 18% answered that the government was pursuing the self-interests of a few individuals and 9% said they were demonstrating the greatness and strength of Russian power.
The survey was conducted among 1601 respondents in 40 regions of Russia from January 23 through January 26.
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea