Gennady Zyuganov, the communist leader, has come out against withdrawing Russian peace-keepers from the Georgia-Abkhaz conflict zone. /Abkhazia is a self-proclaimed republic in Georgia's territory./ Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the People's Patriotic Union and the Communist Party, said as much at a RIA Novosti press conference. Russia should by no means withdraw its peace-keepers from the zone of Georgia-Abkhazia confrontation, otherwise this will immediately spark off a war, Zyuganov believes. He assessed the Georgian developments as a personal tragedy, for, in his words, he had been in charge of the Caucasus republics, as a member of the USSR Communist Party Central Committee. Georgia has by now fallen apart, some 2 million people have left the republic; the war will in no way solve the existent problems, said the communist leader.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
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
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