The volume of freight transportation by Russian railways may grow by 2.5%in 2002, Railroad Minister Gennady Fadeyev said at a meeting of theRailroad Ministry's Board today. According to him, the government plan for2002 provides for a 2% increase in the volume of freight transportation byRussian railways in 2002 compared to that of 2001. However, the ministerpointed out that the rate of growth in freight transportation reached 4% inJuly 2002 and 5% in August. Additionally, Fadeyev believes that the railroad industry will receiveexcess profits by the end of 2002. According to him, "the plan for profitscan be over fulfilled by RUR7bn ($221.45m)." The minister added that theplan for the restructuring of the Railroad Ministry's debts was beingimplemented on schedule..
Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia