Russia's GDP is likely to grow by 4.5 percent in 2003, Deputy Economy Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told reporters in Moscow today. He said this GDP growth would only be seen if the price of Brent oil dropped to $21 or $22 per barrel. At present, the price of Brent oil is about $25 per barrel. Dvorkovich noted that if the price of Brent oil stayed put, Russia's GDP would amount to 5 percent.
Experts believe that the rate of the Russian ruble may collapse again just like it happened during the crisis in 2014. In turn, Russian companies may deal with the shortage of currency to pay their debts
Austria does not intend to expel Russian diplomats because of the spy scandal