The Ministry of Interior of Russia is participating in three peacemaking missions in Kosovo, East Timor (5 servicemen) and Bosnia and Gertsegovina (38 servicemen). This is according to the statement made by Boris Shtokolov, the Director of the Agency for International Cooperation of the ministry, at the conference on the 10th anniversary of Russia's participation of US and OSCE missions. Mr. Shtokolov said 100 personnel from the Ministry of Interior and 30 servicemen from Federal Border Guards were engaged in UN missions. There are 100 more servicemen in reserve. Servicemen from the Ministry of Defence, he said, also have been taking part in the peacemaking operations. This is because after NATO's military operation in Yugoslavia there has been a need for a sharply increased presence of the international police force in the autonomous area. The participation of Russia's peacemakers in other such operations, in Congo for once, is under consideration.
"Russia and Turkey - From Cooperation to the Union. Why not? " - new article written by a well-known entrepreneur, politician (formerly a member of the Federation Council from Krasnodar and a PACE member), public figure Farhad Akhmedov - was published this week in several leading Russian media, and it claims to be a sensation which highlights various essential issues.