The amount of gold and foreign currency reserves of the Central Bank of Russia has reached the highest level in the history of Russia and the USSR, Russian Central Bank Chairman Sergey Ignatyev said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. Ignatyev pointed out that the gold and foreign currency reserves had amounted to $84bn on February 1, 2004.
According to the Central Bank head, the amount of gold and foreign currency reserves had increased by $7bn in January of this year. Ignatyev added that the gold and foreign currency reserves had risen by $29bn over the past year, the Rossiya (Russia) television channel reported.
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea