The Unity party, and the Fatherland and All Russia movements are ready for a unification congress, due on December 1 in Moscow's Grand Kremlin Palace, Alexander Bespalov, chairman of the executive committee of the Unity-Fatherland Union, said to a news conference that took place at the Novosti agency Thursday. To him, "all hardships and contradictions of the unification process have been overcome". Draft programmes and rules of the new party, tentatively called the All-Russian Unity-Fatherland Party /Single Russia for brevity/ are all ready, he said. Bespalov believes that after registration the party will have half a million-odd members. As to its real leader, he will be elected from among members of the party's supreme council, led by Sergei Shoigu, Yuri Luzhkov and Mintimer Shaimiev. Secretary of the Fatherland political council Alexander Vladislavlev stressed that "the criterion of work of the new party will be returns at elections of different levels". The party will come "well-mobilised and well-organised" to the 2003 parliamentary elections, he said.
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