The Russian Ministry of Finance has paid 24,637,000 US dollars to repay the debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Finance Ministry reported this. The previous payment was made on April, 24 and amounted to 21,071,000 US dollars and 11,989,000,000 Japanese yens. The total sum of payment was 113 million US dollars. As of January, 1, 2002, the Russian debt to the IMF was estimated at 7.5 billion US dollars. Since last January Russia has paid the Fund about 480 million US dollars. As a whole Russia is intending to pay the IMF 1.5 billion US dollars this year.
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities