It is important that a regime that would be friendly towards Russia and the West, and one that would not become an economic burden on Russia, be established in Afghanistan after the Taliban. This opinion was expressed on Thursday by Anatoly Kulikov, Chairman of the sub-committee of the Committee of the State Duma (Lower House of the Russian Parliament) on security. Speaking at the international conference "The Military and Society: a Time of Change", Kulikov noted that by launching its operation in Afghanistan the American leadership had demonstrated to its allies proof of the involvement of Osama bin Laden and the Taliban in the acts of terror. The relevant Russian departments, he said, on their part, have confirmed that bin Laden is connected with the activities of terrorists in Chechnya. That is why, the anti-terror operation ought to be supported from the viewpoint of punishing the terrorists, said Kulikov.
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