Six largest oil and gas companies of Belarus will go public before August 1, 2002: Haftan, Azot (Grodno), Azot (Bobruysk), Khimvolokno (Svetlogorsk), Khimvolokno (Grodno), Khimvolokno (Mogilyov), according to the government of Belarus. The privatization of these companies is expected to take place before 2003, while the shares of the companies will be sold in 10 percent lots. According to the government of the republic, this privatization scheme will enable the government to attract larger amount of funds.
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969