The United States is watching political developments closely in Ukraine but considers the turmoil in the former Soviet republic as characteristic of the struggles that young democracies go through that make them stronger, the State Department said Thursday.
Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, that young democracies sometimes have changes in government, but as long as those changes are made in a constitutional manner, in a peaceful manner, that's all part of the democratic political process
President Viktor Yushchenko fired his prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, and her seven-month-old government Thursday in the midst of infighting and allegations of corruption. The chaos in the government has cost Yushchenko much of the political capital he won with his election last year based largely on promises to end corruption rampant in the government of the former president, Leonid Kuchma, AP reports.
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