Gazprom's executive officers have introduced amendments to the investment program of the Russian natural gas giant for 2003, increasing capital investments by 10bn rubles (about $330m), the Gazprom press service reported. The existing investment program, which was approved by the Gazprom Board of Directors on February 25, 2003, envisages 196bn rubles (about $6.47bn) in investments. These assets are planned to be spent on capital construction and long-term financial investments.
The revised investment program stipulates additional funds to be spent, in particular, on financing the introduction of facilities at the Zapolyarnoye field and exploratory drilling operations at other fields.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge