The Interleasing company, a subsidiary of the International Bank of St. Petersburg, which is being created and chartered for the purpose of leasing out aircraft, is about to sign a contract with a so far unnamed Russian aircraft carrier for the leasing of 3 TU-154 international class airliners. This is according to Sergei Bazhanov, President of the International Bank of St. Petersburg. Mr. Bazhanov said the value of the contract would amount to USD 12, its term 3 years. He did not disclose the name of the lessee, just saying it was not St. Petersburg's Pulkovo air company the bank is a financial consultant of as concerns a number of investment projects.
Following the summit in Riga on November 30, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained how the alliance could respond to Russia's 'new aggression against Ukraine.'