A Taliban rout in Afghanistan does not mean victory over terrorism, Sergei Ivanov, Russia's Defence Minister, and George Robertson, NATO Secretary-General, said to the media after Moscow negotiations. The Taliban are not yet vanquished by far, and the terror danger will not be rooted out even when they are. The Taliban regime still has 20% of the Afghan territory in control, and is getting considerable support from without--there are money donations, reinforcements and arms supplies. The anti-terror coalition has not yet even started to cope with those dangers, said the minister. The Taliban have retreated but are still active, added George Robertson as he voiced complete accord with Mr. Ivanov.
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