The oil production volume (including gas condensate) was 214m tons inRussia in January-July 2002, an increase of 8.3 percent as compared to thefigure reported in the similar period of last year, the Russian StateStatistics Committee reported. In July 2002 the oil output rose 8.1 percentfrom the figure posted in July 2001 and 4.4 percent from the figurereported in June 2002. Natural gas production volume increased 3.1 percentin January-July 2002 to 346bn of cubic meters. In July 2002 the natural gasproduction volume grew 7.9 percent from July 2001 and dropped 0.7 percentfrom June 2002. The production volume of condensed gas was 3.9m tons inJanuary-July 2002, an increase of 13.4 percent from the figure reported inthe similar period of last year. .
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov