On Wednesday Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov is flying to Berlin on a two-day visit. The main purpose of the trip is to participate in the fourth international forum Moscow-Invest 2001 which is opening in the German capital. The forum is organised by the Moscow International Business Association of which Luzhkov is the president. The Moscow Mayor is expected to make a speech at the opening ceremony and will then take part in the debates. Such themes as the investment policy of Russia and the conditions for the work of foreign investors in Moscow, as well as the problems and prospects of business cooperation of the Russian capital with Germany will be discussed. Luzhkov's meetings with Berlin ober-burgomaster Eberhard Diepgen and representatives of German business circles are also planned. Luzhkov will return to Moscow on the night of October 11. The Moscow-Invest 2001 forum will last till October 13.
The US is going to ban exports of Iranian oil to the world market from November 5 of this year. In turn, Iran threatens to block the passage of oil tankers of the Gulf countries through the Strait of Hormuz
The World Cup that is about to finish in Russia has shown that the Western propaganda machine has failed to create the image of Russia as a monster with "many tentacles." By and large, the Russians and the Ukrainians are close to each other