The volume of Russian oil export increased by 15.4% to 73.6m tons in January-May 2002, a representative of the State Customs Committee reported to RBC. The amount of oil supplies in the first five months of this year reached $9.76bn, exceeding that of the corresponding period of 2001 by 5.2%.
Of that volume, 59.25m tons of oil were supplied to non-CIS countries (a 6.2% growth compared to the corresponding figure for the first five months of 2001), totaling $8.64bn (a 6.8% decrease). The volume of oil supplies to the CIS reached 14.3m tons (a 79.1% increase), totaling $1.12bn (an 8.3% rise).
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