Turnover of mutual trade between Poland and Russia totaled an estimated $5,618 million in 2001, up $137 million on the previous year, according to the statistics issued by the Russian Economic Development and Trade Ministry Monday ahead of President Vladimir Putin's visit to Poland this week. Russian exports to Poland grew by $42 million last year, totaling $4,660 million. Russia's main exports to the country are various fuels, which make up more than 80 percent of total exports. Machinery and other equipment makes up 3 percent of the Russian exports to Poland, with chemical and petrochemical products making up 4 percent, and metallurgical products, 5 percent. Russia's imports from Poland are primarily food and agricultural produce, which account for 43 percent of the total imports. Machinery makes up 12 percent of the imports, chemical products, 17 percent, and consumer products, 5 percent. The Ministry noted briskly developing economic ties at the interregional level.
"Russia and Turkey - From Cooperation to the Union. Why not? " - new article written by a well-known entrepreneur, politician (formerly a member of the Federation Council from Krasnodar and a PACE member), public figure Farhad Akhmedov - was published this week in several leading Russian media, and it claims to be a sensation which highlights various essential issues.