As many as 115 servicemen of the Russian helicopter detachment of the international peace-keeping mission in Sierra Leone have been decorated with the UN medals In the Service of Peace.
The UN Secretary-General's special envoy to Sierra Leone Daudi Mwakawago, speaking at the presentation ceremony in the town of Lungi north of Sierra Leone, highly assessed the Russian helicopter crews' contribution to the mission's success. He stressed that their efforts had helped stabilise the situation on Sierra Leone's borders.
The Russian helicopter detachment has been part of the UN mission since 2002. In the past six months alone its pilots made 900 flights totalling 1,100 hours.
The Russian helicopters accompanied ground convoys, carried out air reconnaissance, and backed other operations of the UN peace-keeping forces.
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