In the first half of 2001, the trade between Russia and Portugal totaled $126 million, said official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovlenko in connection with the upcoming visit of Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio to Russia. The diplomat said that the Russian export totaled $117.8 million and import $8.2 million. The core of the Russian export is made up of oil and oil products, metals and rolled iron, fish and fish products, agricultural goods, cotton yarn, and fabrics. Russia imports mainly machinery, equipment, cork, paper products, footwear, clothing, chemical products, and grape wine. In Mr. Yakovenko's opinion, the upcoming talks will seek to encourage investment and technological cooperation. Other topics will include raising the efficiency of the work of the intergovernmental mixed commission. This is why Portuguese Minister of Economy and a large group of leading businessmen from this country will accompany Portugal's president. During the visit, a business seminar will be held. The seminar participants will comprise representatives of Russian and Portuguese business circles, the diplomat said.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities