It will be necessary to start exploring shelf of Arctic seas in 10 to 15 years to maintain the level of production of natural resources in Russia, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov declared opening a meeting of the government's marine board today. "Corresponding measures should be taken today in order to start implementing them tomorrow to provide Russia with natural resources in 10 to 15 years," the Prime Minister said. According to him, some steps in this direction are being made already. Kasyanov stressed that the exploration of the shelf should be made in accordance with a plan not in a hurry in 10 to 15 years.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Beijing that the question about the shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria had not been resolved yet. However, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said that S-300 missile systems had been delivered to Syria last month
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems