According to the minister, Russia is pleased with the level of its relations with Israel - both their political and economic components. Ivanov emphasised that Russia and Israel had good prospects of developing co-operation in the hi-tech sphere.
According to the Russian Foreign Minister, Ariel Sharon was told that Russia advocates long-term settlement of the Arab-Israel conflict on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions. Ivanov stressed that Russia was going to take active measures in this avenue both bilaterally and in the "four" framework.
Sharon also expounded his plans regarding the situation in the Middle East, the Russian Foreign Minister pointed out
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