Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze denies that in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge there are drug producing plants. Shevardnadze said at a news briefing Monday that "according to available reports, there are no drug producing plants in the Pankisi Gorge." "It is true that there are drug producers and traffickers of all kinds in Georgia," said Shevardnadze. However, he qualified assertions about drug producing plants as "an obvious exaggeration." At a news conference in the Georgian embassy in Moscow on Friday, Shevardnadze confirmed that drugs were coming from the Pankisi Gorge, but Georgian law enforcers were combating this illicit business.
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