The Russia-NATO Joint Permanent Council has opened session in Iceland's capital. The work started with a conference of the top three--Lord George Robertson, NATO Secretary-General, and the Russian and Czech Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Czechia entered the Big Three on the NATO rotation arrangement. A complete-attendance session followed the short conference to discuss a package of understandings on which Russian partnership with NATO will shift to Format Twenty.
More than 3,500 people were detained during unprecedented mass protests that swept across all of Russia in support of Alexey Navalny on January 23