Russian defence minister Sergei Ivanov has assessed the situation on the Russo-Georgian border as difficult and worrying. Speaking at a press conference in Rostov /a regional centre in southern Russia/, Ivanov indicated that some parts of Georgia were under no control at all and were virtually occupied by foreign mercenaries. Militants pose a real threat to security, said the minister. Ivanov reminded the audience that a decision had already been taken to increase control over the border on Russia's side. This was done with the goal of barring fighters from intruding into Russia, Sergei Ivanov noted.
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