All the work activities connected with the conduct of the Russia-EU summit will be held in the Marble Hall of the Konstantinovsky palace, said Manager for Presidential Affairs Vladimir Kozhin in a press conference on May 25. Kozhin said that the Marble Hall has equipment for synchronic translation in four languages, which will allow national leaders to meet without translators. Kozhin also said that the Konstantinovsky palace is equipped with the most advanced communication system in the world (sponsored by German company Siemens). There are no such systems in Europe, said Kozhin.
Gorbachev was not isolated from the world during the days of the State Emergency Committee. Gorbachev could be contacted via secret communication channels, and he was perfectly aware of what was going on
In 2011, Russia signed a 1.2 billion-euro contract with France for the construction of two Mistral-type vessels