Some $3bn are necessary to provide a stable functioning of Transneft oil pipelines until 2012, Transneft President Semyon Vaynshtok declared at today's enlarged meeting of the Board of the Energy Ministry devoted to 2002 results. "Some $3bn are necessary to invest in Transneft, not taking into account the construction of new pipelines", he pointed out.
The president said that in 2002 investments in the repair and modernization of oil pipelines were 1.363bn rubles (about $43m).
More than 5.8 million people voted for Nicholas Maduro at the presidential election in Venezuela. This is more than a quarter of registered voters. Why did those people vote for the man, who, as Western media write, took Venezuela to the brink of collapse?
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia