The volume of natural gas exported by Gazexport, an export arm of theRussian gas monopolist Gazprom, surged 3.7 percent in the first half ofthis year versus the corresponding period last year and reached 65.81bncubic meters, the press service of Gazexport reported. In particular,exports to Western European countries amounted to 44.77bn cubic meters inthe first six months of 2002, which was 2.5 percent than in January-July2001. Exports to East European countries were at 21.04bn cubic meters, or5.2 percent more..
Riyadh will not make contradictory statements, nor will it ask for explanations, as Moscow does in the case of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov