Vladimir Putin excludes the possibility of the Russian or Soviet origin of the Anthrax spores which the terrorists have taken hold of. In an interview with the US ABC television company, the Russian President stressed that the analysis of the material which the USA has, "shows with a great degree of evidence that this could not be produced in the Soviet Union or, all the more so, in Russia." Apart from that, Putin said that "the materials of such type were always reliably protected in the Soviet Union and are now reliably protected in Russia."
Two ballistic missiles attacked the US Navy destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) from the territory of Yemen. The destroyer came to the aid of the hijacked Central Park tanker of Zodiac Maritime