President Vladimir Putin along with government representatives has approved a document to introduce a gradual change to armed force recruitment from conscription to a contractual basis. This was disclosed in an official statement by the Russian Presidents' press-secretary Alexei Gromov, who stated that this document was drafted by the government following a decision from the Security Council. According to the press-secretary, military reforms were discussed during a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov.
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea