15-20bn rubles (about $557m) are required annually to implement a federal task program and transit from conscription to service by contract in Russia, Deputy Defense Minister, General of Army Vladimir Isakov told reporters at a press conference in Moscow today. According to him, special working commissions are almost done with the analysis of activities of all military districts and fleets. On April 24, 2003 a drafted program based on the results of the analysis will be submitted to the government. The commissions came to the conclusion that a substantial amount of money was necessary for capital investments (building of houses, social and military facilities and for educational and financial purposes).
For the time being, one needs to finish the construction of the section that is 100 kilometres long. On October 17, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with RND that the project would be completed