Companies of the Russian national energy utility RAO UES (Unified Energy Systems) are close to full financial recovering, RAO UES chief executive officer Anatoly Chubais announced at a meeting of the Duma committee for transport, energy and communications. He noted that this became possible, in the first place, due to a rise in bank transfers in payments for electricity supplies. He recalled that consumers used barter payments for 80 % of electricity in 1998 and now, in 2001, they repay 100% of supplies by bank transfers.
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
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