Development of strategic partnership with China is one of Russia's main foreign-policy objectives, State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov declared Monday, as he welcomed U Bango, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's legislature, to Russia on an official visit.
The two discussed world problems and bilateral cooperation, with Gryzlov underscoring the importance of the two states cooperating on interregional and border questions in order to bolster their friendship and spur trade, including the so-called 'people's trade.' Gryzlov suggested creation of a permanent Russia-China interparliamentary group.
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