The national defense, law-enforcement and social-protection items in the 2002 budget will be financed fully and in due time irrespective of oil prices. This agreement was reached at a meeting on Monday between Vice-Premier and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin and the leaders of four centrist factions in the State Duma, deputy chairman of the Duma budgetary and tax committee /People's Deputy/ Valeri Galchenko told journalists. He said that a financial reserve in the 2002 draft budget will still be preserved. Though, less funds will be allocated to it in line with a compromise reached between Duma deputies and the cabinet envisaging unfavourable oil prices. In case the receipt is not enough to execute the expenditure, this reserve will become a source of financing. If the financial reserve proves scarce, the financing of certain items, except social needs, defense and law enforcement, will be proportionally reduced or put off to a later date.
Representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said that the missile that shot down the passenger Boeing 777 aircraft over the Donbass on July 17, 2014, was manufactured in 1986