A bombing at the busiest airport in Moscow that killed at least 31 and injured 130 is being called a terrorist attack by Russian officials. "From the preliminary information we have, it was a terror attack," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said of Monday's attack on the Domodedovo Airport in a televised briefing. Medvedev also said that those responsible for the attack would be "tracked down and punished." All Moscow transportation services went on high alert following the attack. Israel canceled all flights to Moscow.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reiterated Russia's recognition more than two decades ago of an independent Palestinian state. "We made a decision then and we will not change it today," Medvedev said following a meeting Tuesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Jericho. The Russian president was referring to Russia's recognition in 1988 of an independent Palestinian state following a declaration of independence made by then-Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. "We supported and will support the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to an independent state with its capital in east Jerusalem," Medvedev reportedly said.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev canceled a planned visit to Israel due to a strike by Foreign Ministry employees. The striking workers had threatened to embarrass the Russian leader during his visit, which was scheduled for the middle of January. The workers gave interviews in Israel's Russian-language media, closely monitored by the Russian government, saying that they would not assist in preparations for the visit, Haaretz reported. The visit, scheduled several months ago, was to include a delegation of 500 people, including businesspeople, lawmakers and senior officials, according to Ynet.
The Foreign Ministry workers are protesting low wages.