The Russian government should consolidate positive trends in economy in the second half of 2002 in order to boost its development in 2003-2004, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said, opening a regular government meeting on Thursday.
The specification of governmental plans of action on the implementation of basic provisions of the middle-term programme of Russia's social-economic development and the specified plan of legislative activities for the second half of 2002 are on the agenda of the meeting.
According to Kasyanov, the principal economic goal is to increase labour productivity and develop competition.
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969