President Vladimir Putin has held a meeting with co-chairmen of the All-Russian party "Unity and Fatherland" Sergei Shoigu, Yuri Luzhkov, Mintimer Shaimiyev, as well as with Aleksandr Bespalov, Unity and Fatherland Executive Secretary. According to Aleksei Gromov, the president's press secretary, the meeting took place during a break of the congress of the "Unity and Fatherland" union at which it was transformed into a party. Vladimir Putin congratulated the meeting participants on establishment of the party.
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