Russian President Vladimir Putin has received Israeli Vice-Premier Natan Sharanski. The vice-premier told a news conference Wednesday he had had a business lunch with President Putin and had nothing to tell the press about it. Sharanski said he had arrived in Moscow at Ariel Sharon's request to elaborate on Israel's stance on recent Middle East developments.
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