The draft 2002 budget must envisage extra funds for an increase in the military's money allowances, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as summing up a conference at the defense ministry. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, on his part, told reporters that the sum at issue is 4 billion rubles. He was hopeful the State Duma, or the lower parliamentary house, will support such an amendment to the draft budget on Friday.
In response to the unlawful December 1 arrest and detention of Chinese tech giant Huawei's chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities in Vancouver at the behest of the Trump regime, facing possible unacceptable extradition to the US, Beijing warned its high-tech personnel last month against traveling to America unless it's essential.
Rescuers found the pilot of one of the two Su-34 fighters that had collided in midair in the Far East on January 18