Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri are discussing the situation in the Middle East, in Palestine and around Iraq. Their talks have started in the Kremlin's Reception office some minutes ago. Opening the meeting, Vladimir Putin said he "would like to discuss the situation in the Middle East, in Palestine and around Iraq" with the Lebanese Prime Minister. Russia is playing a special role in the Mideastern peace process, Hariri said.
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