Russia's President Vladimir Putin had a routine conference with Hermann Gref, Minister of Trade and Economic Development, reports Alexei Gromov, presidential press secretary. The conferees discussed the available evaluations of world economic developments within the year and their impact on the Russian economy. President Putin called for permanent all-round analyses of global economic trends and processes.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea
President Vladimir Putin has not released an official statement yet about his position on the issue of the pension reform in Russia