US ambassador to Moscow Alexander Vershbow has not confirmed Monday that President George W. Bush might visit Russia in April. In his words, the official visit had been earlier scheduled for the middle of 2001. He recalled that during Putin-Bush meeting, the Russian side suggested that Bush visit Russia at a period of "white nights" in St. Petersburg. At the same time, Alexander Vershbow refuted a report that US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would visit Moscow this week. However, the US diplomat noted, Donald Rumsfeld would meet his Russian counterpart in Brussels.
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