Gennady Fadeyev, the President of the Russian Railways, confirmed that the issue of YUKOS' oil supplies to China would be settled by October 20, 2004. He said this at today's meeting of the Board of Directors of the company. As reported earlier, previously Fadeyev declared that YUKOS, which is the only supplier of Russian oil to China, had halted its supplies from October 1 to 20.
On September 19, 2004, YUKOS declared that starting on September 28, it would halt oil supplies totaling 1m tons by the end of this year to the Chinese company CNPC.
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