Opinions concerning CIS development differ, Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko told a concluding press conference when the jubilee CIS summit was over. He pointed out that many politicians prefer the European Union as a standard and stressed that he personally comes out against "movement towards the European Union" since this will be a "roll-back". Lukashenko believes that to further develop the CIS the experience of the former USSR should be used with its "highest degree of integration" based on the common economy. The Belarussian president also pointed out that he does not call for restoring the USSR but feels sorry for its disintegration. Lukashenko is of the opinion that if economic issues within the CIS framework are solved -- a free trade zone established, legislation unified and labour force has an opportunity to move freely -- the problems of conflicts on CIS territory will be solved. In this connection the Belarussian president stressed that poverty and unprotectedness of people throughout the world are a cause for conflicts and all "negative phenomena".
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