The total volume of Russia's foreign debt repayment amounted to $14bn in 2002, including $6.8bn in the debt itself and $7.5bn in the interest on it, the Government Information Department reported. Additionally, settling of the Russian debt to a number of foreign countries on conditions, favorable for Russia, was provided for in 2002, the report says.
A financial reserve has been created for peak payments for the Russian foreign debt in 2003. As of the end of 2003, its volume is to reach RUR197.4bn (about $6.21bn).
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now