President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister Gennady Novitsky will arrive on a working visit in Moscow on Tuesday. The information department of the Permanent Committee of the Council of Ministers of the Russia-Belarus Union State has reported that Alexander Lukashenko is expected to meet on Tuesday with Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov and heads of Slavneft and Surgutneftegaz companies. On Wednesday, December 26th, the Belarussian president will hold a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State. The Prime Minister of Belarus, on his part, in addition to the Council session will take part in a regular session of the Union Council of Ministers to be held by its chairman, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Tuesday, in the second half of the day. Gennady Novitsky is also going to meet with the State Secretary of the Union State, Pavel Borodin.
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