From the ill-fitting wigs to wads of cash and a 'recruitment letter,' the whole affair seemed more like a spy scene from a Judd Apatow comedy than a brooding John le Carré novel.
Both Italy and Russia are pushing forward with plans to produce their own reusable winged spaceships.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday he might run again but could hold any post, reinforcing beliefs he is saving the spot for his predecessor Vladimir Putin.
The announcement comes amid growing tensions between the leftist leader and the conservative government of Colombia, which recently agreed to host US military personnel on its bases.
The move aims to counter Western depictions of the country as a fast and loose post-communist frontier. Gambling operators say the state is pushing the industry underground – and losing $1 billion in tax revenues.