China will not be a factor preventing Russia's ascension to the WTO,Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov told reporters in Peking. TheChairman of the Russian government was quoted as saying he was assuredthereof by Chairman of the People's Republic of China Jiang Zemin, whopointed out China backed up Russia's ascension to the WTO. Kasyanov alsoreported China did not have "any special stance" on Russia's ascension tothis organization. The Russian Prime Minister was quoted as saying Chinanaturally wanted to use its advantages to expand its presence on theRussian market. According to Kasyanov, the negotiations with China onRussia's joining the WTO started not long ago, and they will be intensifiedsoon. .
A nuclear-powered submarine of the British Navy surfaced in the ice of the Arctic for the first time in many years