On Thursday, Vladimir Putin will attend the opening of the sixth Oecumenical People's Council in Moscow's Temple of Christ the Savior, reported the Russian president's press secretary Alexei Gromov. The event will be followed by a number of working meetings, said Gromov, adding that details would be available later. Putin's Friday schedule begins with a working visit to Kharkov, Ukraine, where the Russian president is expected to join his Ukrainian counterpart Leonid Kuchma at a Russian-Ukrainian business forum. Later on, the two leaders will pay a visit to the Kharkov State Aircraft Industry Association, where they will be shown around assembling departments. Still later, the two will hold a bilateral meeting.
The strike was defensive in nature and came in response to three attacks on the US military in February