The situation in Afghanistan, the issues of strategic stability and the problems of Middle-East settlement were discussed at the meeting of foreign ministers of Russia and Germany Igor Ivanov and Joschka Fischer in New York. Igor Ivanov is taking part in the general political discussion at the 56th session of the UN General Assembly now being held in New York. The Russian delegation says that Igor Ivanov has a very tight schedule of contacts. Thus, on Saturday he already met with the heads of foreign policy agencies of Canada, France and Iraq. Just now he is meeting with Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Great Britain. According to the source, apart from traditional issues of bilateral relations in the focus of these meetings was struggle against terrorism.
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