US President Gorge W. Bush has signed a bill approved by Congress under which $50 million will be allocated to implement a number of programs in the sphere of democratic reforms and providing assistance to independent media in 2003.
In the statement circulated by the White House press-service President Bush said that the bill was called "2002 Act on Democracy in Russia" and it aimed at "supporting democracy, the rule of law and independent Russian mass media." Besides, the document aims at "defining the US policy towards Russia," the President said, noting that he would regard the prescriptions of the law as recommendations.
The law stipulates the development of grant programs, exchanges and training in the field of democracy, the enhancement of civil institutions, as well as independent mass media, including the Internet.
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part