The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will give a 800m-euro credit to Russia in 2002. Economic Development and Trade Minister of the Russian Federation German Gref reported in an interview with journalists today, while answering a question about the results of a discussion of Russia's collaboration with the EBRD in 2002-2004 at a government session today. He was quoted as saying that the government will guarantee a 40% repayment of the credit. According to Gref, the bank is ready to invest Euro 1bn in the economy of Russia annually beginning 2003, and the government will guarantee a 40% repayment as well. The money will be spent on five main projects: the construction of foot-bridges over Saint Petersburg's circle highway, various security facilities and dams in the city, traffic management systems in the Baltic Sea and East-West and North-South highways.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
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