The volume of Russia's foreign trade surged 25.6 percent in January 2003 compared to January 2002 to $17.4bn, the Russian State Statistics Committee reported. It increased 16.5 percent against December 2002. In particular, Russian exports amounted to $10.9bn in January 2003, which was 16.4 percent compared to December 2002 and 34.6 percent compared to January 2002. Imports totaled $6.5bn last month, a rise of 16.7 percent against the last month of the previous year and 13 percent compared to January 2002.
Russia has deployed two armies and three units of Airborne Forces to its western borders as part of a verification check, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu said