French president Jacques Chirac has left for Russia on a short visit, said a RIA Novosti correspondent.
Chirac will have a meeting with Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The program of Jacques Chirac's 24-hour stay in Sochi contains three meetings with Vladimir Putin - "two today and one tomorrow", said the French president's spokeswoman.
"During the meetings Jacques Chirac and Vladimir Putin will discuss a wide range of international issues and development perspectives of bilateral relationship," the press secretary said.
Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia
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