On the eve of the Moscow visit by Slovakia's President Rudolf Schuster, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko said that the economic contacts between Russia and Slovakia are mutually beneficial. In a RIA Novosti interview, he said that Russian oil, gas and nuclear fuel supplies fully meet Slovakia's demand, and Slovakia's oil refining, steel-making and chemical industries are working on Russia's raw materials. According to the Foreign Ministry, Russia holds the third place in the external trade of Slovakia. Last year, mutual trade turnover constituted 2.2 billion dollars, which is an almost 52-percent increase from 1999. Slovakia exports to Russia mostly cars, equipment, consumer goods and medicines. More than 20 joint projects in the industrial sector are being considered.
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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