15-20bn rubles (about $557m) are required annually to implement a federal task program and transit from conscription to service by contract in Russia, Deputy Defense Minister, General of Army Vladimir Isakov told reporters at a press conference in Moscow today. According to him, special working commissions are almost done with the analysis of activities of all military districts and fleets. On April 24, 2003 a drafted program based on the results of the analysis will be submitted to the government. The commissions came to the conclusion that a substantial amount of money was necessary for capital investments (building of houses, social and military facilities and for educational and financial purposes).
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
When on a state visit to Singapore, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to revisit the discussion of the 1956 Declaration between the USSR and Japan regarding the issue of the peace treaty with Japan
The TurkStream, which runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Anapa to Turkey, will consist of two lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year