On Tuesday the Russian foreign minister, Igor Ivanov, arrived in Turkmenistan on an official visit. The programme of Igor Ivanov's visit to Turkmenia will begin on January 9. He will hold negotiations with his Turkmen opposite number Rashid Meredov. They will discuss matters of bilateral relations and current aspects of international politics. Also, a meeting between the head of the Russian foreign policy establishment and Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov is expected.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea
President Vladimir Putin has not released an official statement yet about his position on the issue of the pension reform in Russia