Next year's budget certainly ensures scheduled payments on Russia's foreign debt and social welfare allocations, Alexei Kudrin, federal Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, said to a second conference of the Association of Russian Inspection Agencies. A positive balance has become a tangible, even obligatory part of budget policies for a first time within recent years to amount to an approximate 2.5% of this year's gross domestic product, while the overall foreign debt makes 55 to 60% of it to keep within global standards. Thus, Russia now qualifies among normal countries in no need of special monitoring programmes. Russia intends to pay another US$13.75 billion on its foreign debt before the year's end--1.5 billion of this to go to the International Monetary Fund, added Mr. Kudrin.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities