The increase in expenditures on the law enforcement activities and national defence will be one of the priorities of the 2003 budget policy.
According to a top-level source in the Finance Ministry, much attention will be paid to technical equipment of the law enforcement bodies, especially in Chechnya.
On the whole, the draft of 2003 budget implies almost 50 per cent increase in expenditures on law enforcement activities.
The draft of the budget implies a 26 per cent increase in expenditures in the National Defence section. The necessity to finance scientific research in military sphere and purchase and repairs of military equipment was taken into account, when planning the increase in defence expenditures, the sources in the Finance Ministry said.
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