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Atomic Energy Ministry asks for more investments

The investment needs of the Russian atomic energy concern Rosenergoatom will reach 35bn rubles ($1.15bn) in 2004, Deputy Atomic Energy Minister Andrey Malyshev announced today at an enlarged meeting of the Union of Atomic Regions and Enterprises. Meanwhile, according to the deputy minister, the Russian Economic Development and Trade Ministry together with the Federal Energy Commission suggest keeping the volume of investments in the atomic energy sector at no more than 23bn rubles ($757m) in 2004. Taking into account the expected inflation rate, this means that investments in Rosenergoatom will be 6 percent less next year compared to 2003.

The Deputy Atomic Energy Minister noted that his ministry together with the Union of Atomic Regions and Enterprises was proposing the government to reconsider the atomic investment program and approve larger investments. Malyshev stressed that the concern's investment needs would increase from 22.2bn rubles ($731m) in 2003 to 70bn rubles ($2.3bn) by 2010.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Beijing that the question about the shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria had not been resolved yet. However, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said that S-300 missile systems had been delivered to Syria last month

Israel can learn many lessons with the help of Russia's S-300 air defence systems in Syria

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

Israel vows to destroy Russia's S-300 in Syria in case of danger
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