In 2003 the Ukrainian army will be reduced by 24,000 people and 900 units of arms and military equipment, said Ukrainian Defense Minister Vladimir Shkidchenko at Tuesday's session of the ministry's annual collegium. The reduction will allow to decrease "pressure" on the country's state budget and to improve the army's maintenance, the minister believes.
This year Ukraine has completed "the first stage of the improvement of the army's combat efficiency, and has optimized its structure", Shkidchenko reported. Special attention was paid to the fulfilment of the state programme for manning the country's armed forces by contract servicemen, he pointed out.
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
When on a state visit to Singapore, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to revisit the discussion of the 1956 Declaration between the USSR and Japan regarding the issue of the peace treaty with Japan
The TurkStream, which runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Anapa to Turkey, will consist of two lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year