No units or groupings of the Russian Armed Forces will be introduced into Afghanistan, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov has said in comments on media reports claiming the Russian General Staff has started raising an about thousand-peacekeeper-strong contingent which is allegedly to leave for Afghanistan in the near future. The information is totally untrue, said the minister. Yet, emphasized Ivanov, Russia is actively engaged in the humanitarian operation in Afghanistan, playing the key role in rendering humanitarian aid to the country, the fact which is admitted by all those involved in the effort, including the USA. There are various plans for a peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan, however Russia is not going to be part of them, said Ivanov.
In recent years, genetics has become a cutting-edge science, not only in the professional field of biology, but also because of the enormous social reach of its discoveries and approaches. Not in vain, practically every day the press offers us the discovery of a new gene, a new hereditary determinant directly involved in the manifestation of diseases or physical characteristics.
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign