The situation around Afghanistan and in the entire region will become central at an on-going session in Moscow of the foreign ministerial council of countries-members of the Collective Security Treaty. This was said by its acting chairman and Armenia's Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian, opening up the session. He said that the struggle against international terrorism has become Number One question in the world. All together and individually, member-states of the Collective Security Treaty have showed their approach to the issue, which is formulated in a joint statement. The present meeting is to become a step towards further integration within the Treaty and its inclusion in the system of international security. Another important question at the on-going session in Moscow will be coordination of the foreign policies of the Treaty's member-states -- Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Russia and Tajikistan.
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