Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov held a meeting with the State Secretary of the Tunisian Foreign Minister Tuesday discussing the situation around Iraq and Palestine. The Tunisian foreign ministry spokesman, currently in Moscow for Russian-Tunisian consultations, told Ivanov that Foreign Minister Habib Ben Yahia was determined to expand cooperation with Russia both at a bilateral level and in the international arena. The conferees expressed satisfaction with the development of Russian-Tunisian links deeming it necessary to consolidate their "economic side". Also discussed were several international issues in the light of the anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan. They spoke out in favour of the further development of political dialogue and relations between Russia and Tunisia.
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