Russia and the European Union's approaches to post-conflict settlement in Afghanistan are much the same, said a high-ranking member of the Russian delegation participating in the 56th session of the United Nations General Assembly. "Russia's stand on this issue has lately been widely supported and shared by almost every country," said the source. Russia's position is that military action should not spread outside Afghanistan and that the coalition government of the new Afghanistan must represent all of the country's ethnic groups. The government should also enjoy international support and have good relations with neighboring countries.
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