The Russian Defense Ministry will submit concrete plans for the switch of the Russian armed forces to a contract system in 2004, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told reporters on Wednesday. Full switchover to the new system "will require hundreds of billions of roubles", he warned. The chief of the defense establishment also said that he cannot give a precise timeframe of the switch. "It will be a rather lengthy process", he stressed.
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria