Vladimir Putin has signed the decree on decorating sportsmen, coaches, workers of physical culture and sport with state awards.
As has been reported by the Kremlin press service, the awards have been granted for a great contribution to the development of physical culture and sport and for high sport achievements at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.
Those who have been honoured with the awards include such well-known sportswomen and sportsmen as Olga Pyleva, Yulia Chepalova, Alexei Yagudin, Yelena Berezhnaya, Anton Sikharulidze and Ilya Averbukh. The coaches of the Russian figure skating team have been also awarded.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge