Addressing Jean-Pierre Kelche, the chief of the General Staff of French Armed Forces, during a Moscow meeting, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said the prospects of Russian-French defence and security cooperation look promising. The relationship between two countries' defence ministries is based on a long-standing tradition and has "good prospects for the future," remarked Ivanov, who links the latter to projected changes in the format of Russia-NATO relations as well as to "Russia's positive attitude to defence and security institutes that are being set up in Europe." The minister plans to bring up this issue during a meeting with his French counterpart, which is due next week in the framework of Ivanov's visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels. He is also expected to discuss co-planning of peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan and in the Balkans.
If one assumes that the two people who gave the interview indeed work for Russian special services, then they acted very unprofessionally and risky
Representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said that the missile that shot down the passenger Boeing 777 aircraft over the Donbass on July 17, 2014, was manufactured in 1986