Inflation in Russia will not surpass 12 percent this year, as planned by the government earlier, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov announced at the so-called government hour in the State Duma today. The meeting was devoted to Russia's social and economic policies.
Kasyanov reported that inflation reached 7.1 percent in Russia in the first five months of 2003, which was lower compared to inflation in the corresponding period last year. He forecasted that the inflation rate would not surpass 12 percent this year and 10 percent next year.
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