Next year Russia will pay more than $17 billion of its external debt, said Russian president Vladimir Putin at a press conference in the Kremlin on Monday.
$10.8 billion of this sum is the debt itself, and $7 billion is the interest rate, he said. The current year is witnessing a peak in Russian payments.
The funds for paying off the debt in 2003 will be taken from the budget's income and will not affect the state's obligations in the social sphere, Putin stressed.
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