President Vladimir Putin of Russia sent his greeting to participants in and guests of the Forum "Associations of Russian Small Business Entrepreneurial Organisations." The greeting reads, in particular: "Small business is not only the foundation of the middle class being formed. It solves today many social problems of society development, creates new jobs, significantly expands the range of provided services, and helps people find the required and demanded trade." "I'm sure the decisions and recommendations worked out by the forum will be conducive to development of small business and, consequently, the whole Russian economy," noted the president. "We have many common tasks and we'll solve them jointly."
The United States has imposed new sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, which still remains under construction