Certain progress has been registered in the dialogue between Moscow and Washington on the ABM issue. This was disclosed by Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov in a conversation with journalists. The Minister did not elaborate on the essence of the achieved headway. This issue, according to Ivanov, will be discussed in detail during the forthcoming visit of Vladimir Putin to the USA.
Following Lithuania, Norway has joined the anti-Russian frenzy as well and declared a blockade against the Russian town of Barentsburg. However, Norway has not taken into account the fact that Svalbard is not its original territory