The German Bundeswehr's participation in the US presumable war against Iraq is ruled out, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said in his address on the German TV.
According to Schroeder, too many German servicemen have already been involved in various international peace-making operations in other countries.
Meanwhile Colonel Bernhard Gertz, the Chairman of the German Union of the Bundeswehr Serviceman, told the Bild newspaper that he doesn't rule out the participation of German soldiers in a "limited operation" against Iraq, for instance, to liquidate laboratories producing weapons of mass destruction.
US military analysts are concerned about the appearance of a new Russian sniper rifle known as T-5000
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign