The Russian Finance Ministry made an early payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today for January 2003. The Finance Ministry transferred $121.54m to the IMF in an installment to offset the principal. As the Finance Ministry reported to RosBusinessConsulting, the installment was paid in two currencies: $27.177m and EUR91.166m. According to the schedule, this installment was due on January 5, 2003.
Two ballistic missiles attacked the US Navy destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) from the territory of Yemen. The destroyer came to the aid of the hijacked Central Park tanker of Zodiac Maritime