By meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus in the Kremlin Wednesday President Vladimir Putin of Russia has started a series of meetings with his counterparts which are part of an upcoming CIS summit. On Thursday, Vladimir Putin is expected to meet presidents of Ukraine, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. On the same day, Putin and Ukrainian leader Leonid Kuchma will take part in the opening of Ukraine's Year in Russia. The main functions of the jubilee summit are scheduled for Friday. On that day Vladimir Putin will meet the Georgian president. Other meetings with CIS summiteers "in various formats" are also possible.
Putin made his first public comment on the subject of the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
Vladimir Putin's aircraft landed on Hmeymim airbase of the Russian Air Force in Syria in the morning of December 11