Moscow reckons that participants in the Abkhaz conflict "will assume a sensible approach" and "the peace-keeping forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will continue working in this hot spot." This statement was made by First Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Vyacheslav Trubnikov, who made an appearance at a press conference in RIA Novosti Monday. He reminded that the mandate of CIS peace-keeping forces in Abkhazia would expire later this year. However, according to the diplomat, none of the opposing sides claimed its extension. In Trubnikov's opinion, given the CIS countries' consent, the peace-keepers' potential might and should be used further.
Forest fires in Siberia have been raging for three months already. They have become a disaster not only of Russian, but of global scale. The fires have already scorched 12 million hectares of land