Azeri President Geidar Aliyev will visit Russia in January 2002. This information was disclosed by Vyacheslav Trubnikov, the Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister. During a press conference in RIA Novosti, Trubnikov emphasised that the Azeri President would "definitely" visit Russia, although the exact date remained as yet unclear. "The timeframe is still being coordinated," he added. The visit of the Azeri President was previously planned for late 2001.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building