According to preliminary estimations, Russia's gross domestic product grew by 4.3 percent to 3.65 trillion rubles ($114.56bn) in the third quarter of 2002, compared to the corresponding period of last year, the Russian State Statistics Committee reported. As it was reported earlier, Russia's GDP in the first quarter of 2002 added 3.7 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2001; Russia's GDP in the second quarter of 2002 was 4.1 percent higher than in the corresponding period of last year. According to forecasts of the Russian Economy Ministry, Russia's GDP in 2002 is expected to increase by 4 percent.
In June, the Baltic States will hold BALTOPS and Saber Strike 2018 drills. A US Armored Brigade will be deployed in Europe for the purpose - no less than 4,000 soldiers
The import of liquefied natural gas from the United States will not grow, even if Germany exits the Nord Stream-2 project, German Minister of Economy and Energy Peter Altmeier said