Gazprom's shareholders approved the company's net profit in 2001 at today's meeting. It amounted to 71.9bn rubles (about $2.31bn), which was 62 percent higher than in 2000, the press service of the gas giant reported to RBC. Accounts payable were 193.805bn rubles ($6.23bn). The total amount of credits received by the company in 2001 was 300.343bn rubles ($9.66bn). Pre-tax profit was 117.8bn rubles ($3.79bn) last year compared to 76.181bn rubles ($2.45bn) in 2000.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov