Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov commissioned the Economy and Finance Ministries to work out a strategy of Russia's participation in capitals and projects of international regional banks. This decision was made at a government meeting today. This concerns participation in the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank and the European Investment Bank. The strategy is supposed to be worked out by August 1, 2004.
Russian Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin declared at the meeting that the level of Russia's engagement in world investment projects testified to the necessity of the country's participation in these banks.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia
The Buk system that shot down MH17 belonged to the 53rd SAM missile brigade of the Russian Ministry of Defense, investigators say after looking at a few pictures on the net
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War