On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude oil futures for May delivery rose 15 cents to end at 52.44 dollars a barrel. Wednesday was the last trading day for May futures contract. Meanwhile, on London's International Petroleum Exchange the Brent crude futures for June delivery added 84 cents to settleat 53.78 dollars per barrel
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The General Staff noted that the document appeared at a time when Russia was trying to deter the arms race unleashed by the United States