Pakistani authorities have closed down one of the country's three Taliban consulates, the one based in Karachi. Local observers assume that, in the next few days, Islamabad may suggest that the Taleban close down the other two consulates in Quetta and Peshawar. Pakistani authorities have so far offered no comment on their decision, but diplomatic sources believe it was prompted by Taliban's breach of the so-called "veto on criticism of third countries" the Geneva Convention imposes on diplomatic missions, or rather by Taliban's constant criticism of the US military campaign in Afghanistan. Observers also note that it was consulates that provided a link between the Kandahar-based Taliban leadership and Pakistani fundamentalists organising rallies against the "pro-American" policy of the country's President Pervez Musharraf.
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