The situation in the Middle East, combating international terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan were in the center of the talks between Italian and British premiers Sylvio Berlusconi and Tony Blair on Friday night on Genoa. The sides stressed the need to continue the Israeli-Palestinian talks and noted that Europe, the USA and Russia should make joint efforts to solve this problem. Apart from the political settlement of the Mideast crisis, the sides discussed the so-called Marshal plan of the economic restoration of the Palestinian autonomy, set forth by Italy. Another important issue discussed by the sides was the struggle against international terrorism, in which both political leaders pointed to Russia's growing role. They also noted the need to continue the military action in Afghanistan and arrest bin Laden.
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