The fight against international terrorism will be the central topic at the negotiations during the visit by Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Moscow. The visit by the Indian Prime Minister is called upon to contribute to further strengthening strategic partnership between Russia and India and their many-sided cooperation in bilateral relations. The visit will be made in a new situation, that has arisen in the world after the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States and the started anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan, and will make it possible to discuss the fight against global threats and new challenges. According to official spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexander Yakovenko, "the development of partnership contacts between Russia and India contributes to coincidence of national interests." "Our countries," he said, "have close positions on the most important international problems, including the multi-polar character of the world order. The sides maintain a regular dialogue on strategic stability."
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea