The Russian government calmly perceives the Yabloko liberal party's statement that it intends to raise the question of vote of no confidence in the Cabinet. According to head of the Governmental Information Department Alexei Gorshkov, the government "understands only too well that political parties have entered the period of election campaign and will be looking to attracting votes by criticizing the executive power's activities." "Unfortunately, Yabloko declares its readiness to take part in working out the government's program, its practical implementation and realization of these or those political declarations only during election race," he stated.
Gorshkov also recalled that in accordance with the present Constitution, the makeup of the government is not determined by parliamentary elections but is formed by the head of state.
The Yabloko's statement adopted Saturday at a session of the party's federal council bureau says the party charges the Duma faction to raise the issue of government resignation in the lower house - the State Duma. The party accused the Cabinet of "being unable to fulfil with its obligations."
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
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge