On October 8-10, 2002, the first Moscow Region Business Summit will takeplace in Moscow. As the organization committee of the summit reported toRBC, the forum is organized by the Moscow regional government and theEuropean Marketing Research Center. "The question if we needed such summit,raised no doubt," first deputy chairman of the Moscow regional governmentVasily Golubev stated. According to him, "the attraction of investments isone of top-priority goals, which are being solved by the government headedby Governor Boris Gromov". Golubev mentioned that over 450 large research centers were working in theMoscow region; 140 people in every thousand of citizens are specialistswith higher education. Additionally, the manufacturing industry, theeconomy and the service sector are developing intensively.As President of the European Marketing Research Center Pierre Mathijsenstated, Europe is more acquainted to Moscow; and it is its 'neighbor', theMoscow region, one of the largest in Russia, to which one should pay moreattention. We are sure that the Moscow region has great businessopportunities, and we would like to support projects and research of yourscientists and to attract Western business circles to participating inprograms for technical re-equipment of manufacturing companies of theMoscow region, he stated..
Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia