. The Russian minister reported that the main theme at his just-held negotiations with British Defence Minister Geoffrey Hoon was the struggle against international terrorism. Here, Russia is in close interaction with Britain, he said. In turn, Geoffrey Hoon said that had informed the chief of the Russian military establishment of the role which Britain is going to play in the multinational force in Afghanistan. The British defence minister described the meeting with his Russian opposite number as "constructive dialogue". He thanked Russia for its active help in fighting international terrorism.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building