Several agreements between Moscow and Athens are being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Greece scheduled for early December 2001, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko told journalists on Friday. She has already visited Athens as part of preparations for Vladimir Putin's visit. According to Matviyenko, Vladimir Putin is to sign agreements on cultural centres' exchange, on shipping and air transport, on cooperation in the fuel and energy sphere and on cultural cooperation between the two capitals - Moscow and Athens.
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea