By all looks, Russia won't require any IMF loans next year, Deputy Russian Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Alexei Kudrin said while meeting IMF Managing Director Horst Koehler. Kudrin himself made this revelation to reporters, while summing up the results of his April 28 talks at IMF headquarters. At the same time, Russia might once again study the possibility of borrowing money from the IMF just because it expects some economic problems over the 2003 period.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine may face new problems over the upgraded Russian unmanned aerial vehicle Lancet. Kyiv will now need to use airfields far from the line of combat contact and look for new ways to protect its aircraft