Russia's Ministry of Railroads is beginning to carry out its rolling stock leasing programme. According to Gennady Fadeyev, the Minister of railroads, the programme will cost USD 281.25 million in 2003. The ministry acts in partnership with several Russian banks, the names of which, with the exception of Vneshtorgbank, remain undisclosed.
In 2003, the Ministry of Railroads intends to lease 10 diesel locomotives from the Kolomna Locomotive Plant, 700 passenger from the Tver Railcar Plant and 5,000 to 7,000 cargo railcars elsewhere.
In June, the Baltic States will hold BALTOPS and Saber Strike 2018 drills. A US Armored Brigade will be deployed in Europe for the purpose - no less than 4,000 soldiers
The import of liquefied natural gas from the United States will not grow, even if Germany exits the Nord Stream-2 project, German Minister of Economy and Energy Peter Altmeier said