According to the data of the Russian Economy Ministry, exports from Russiato Iraq amounted to $61.7m in the first quarter of 2002, while no importswere registered. As the press service of the Ministry reported, in 2001exports from Russia to Iraq reached $186.9m. On the other hand, there wereno imports from Iraq to Russia last year. In the first quarter of 2002, theexports of machines, equipment and vehicles amounted to about $47m, boilermaintenance facilities - about $10m, bulldozers and excavators -$2.5m,lifting-and-conveying machines - $2m, tires - $670,000, rails - $537,000,pipes - $362,000, and plywood - $312,000..
Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia
The month of October was rich with rare astronomical phenomena.