According to the Russian Economy Ministry's report devoted to Russia'ssocial and economic development, Russia's foreign trade turnover will growby 4.2 percent to $161.9bn in 2002. The volume of trade with the CIScountries is expected to increase by 7.1 percent to $30.2bn in 2002. Thetrade turnover with other foreign countries is to gain 3.5 percent to$131.7bn.The volume of Russian exports is to advance by 2.3 percent to $103.9bn,including exports totaling $16.8bn to the CIS countries, which is an 11.3percent growth, and $87.1bn to other foreign countries, which is a 0.7percent gain. According to the Ministry's estimations, imports will add 7.8percent to $58bn, including $13.4bn from the CIS countries (+2.3 percent)and $44.6bn (+9.6 percent) from other foreign states.Russia's trade surplus is expected to amount to $45.9bn, including $3.4bnwith the CIS countries and $42.5bn with other foreign countries. .
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969