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.
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