Russia is prepared to take extra measures to stabilise the world energy market, vice-premier Viktor Khristenko stated at the briefing. According to him, these measures should be taken together with other oil-producing countries and be compulsory for execution. Khristenko believes that joint efforts of all oil-exporting countries should be conducive to setting "stable and fair" prices and balance out demand and supply in the market already in the first half of 2002. According to the Russian government estimates, a fair price of a barrel of Brent crude is USD 20-25.
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