Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov and Canadian Ambassador to Russia Rodney Irvin discussed arrangements for the bilateral inter-departmental consultations on strategic stability scheduled for November 30. They focused on the pressing issues of Russian-Canadian bilateral relations in the light of the preparations for Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's visit to Canada scheduled for December 9-11, the press and information department of the Russian Foreign Ministry has said. The sides pointed out a rapid development of all aspects of Russian-Canadian political dialogue which "should be supplemented with a closer economic relationship". "There are all the necessary preconditions for this," the Foreign Ministry stressed. In addition, they stressed the necessity for further consolidation of the efforts of the world community (including Russia and Canada which is to preside at G8 in 2002) to rebuff new challenges and global threats, above all, international terrorism, and to strengthen strategic stability.
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