Events like a visiting session of the Davos World Economic Forum in Russia raise the country's international status, believe Russian parliament. Moscow's choice as the venue for a regular visiting session of the forum means that both the US and European countries view Russia "as an equal partner," Konstantin Zaitsev, a member of the parliamentary committee on budget and taxes, said in an interview with RIA Novosti. The more international seminars, meetings and forums are held in Russia, the more complete and objective will be information that the West will get about the country's economic and political developments, the deputy believes. Speaking of Russia's plans to join the WTO, he expressed the opinion that Russia should press for "special terms". Russia is a country with vast raw materials and in joining the WTO it "should show healthy ambitions," he said.
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