Russian Ministry of Defense confirms that it is holding negotiations with Tajikistan's ministry on transforming of Russian 201st motorized-rifle division into a military base. Head of the Main Department of international military cooperation of Russia's Defense Ministry Lieutenant-General Anatoli Mazurkevich told journalists Thursday that debates are being held over a new site of deployment for the 201st division, as Tajikistan's government chose to remove it out of the military settlement in the centre of Dushanbe. The General remarked that the division is still a "bulwark of security in Tajikistan", remaining a secure guarantor of peace and security.
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