The parliament of Slovenia has supported the proposal of President Milan Kucan to hold the referendum on the country's joining NATO only after an official invitation from the North-Atlantic Alliance. According to Kucan, Slovenia should join NATO to provide its security. The opinion that the country can stay a peaceful island in the middle of a stormy sea is an irresponsible illusion. NATO is expected to make the official invitation to Slovenia at the November summit in Prague. According to the statistics, more than 50 per cent of Slovenians come out for joining NATO.
Russia has left the list of 33 largest holders of US government bonds, after the country disposed of at least a third of remaining bonds