Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel arrives on a one-day working visit in Moscow on Thursday, November 1. Louis Michel is scheduled to hold negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Friday, November 2, the Belgian Embassy in Moscow said Wednesday. The coming Russian-Belgian negotiations will focus on the important problem of fighting international terrorism, the Embassy noted. The negotiators may also discuss Russia-EU cooperation in the light of the October Russia-EU summit in Brussels. Belgian Foreign Minister will arrive in Moscow after his trip to Central Asia - Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan. The trip to Moscow had not been scheduled earlier. This decision was taken at the last moment, the Embassy said.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building