The Russian government will introduce new customs taxes on oil exports to countries beyond the Customs Union on June 1, 2003. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov signed a corresponding ruling on May 16, 2003, the department of government information reported.
The oil export tax will drop from $40.3 to $26.8 per ton and on oil products from $36.3 to $24.1 per ton. The customs tax on liquid gas exports will decrease from $36.3 to $24.1 per ton.
NATO's Boeing P-8 Poseidon was circling above the easternmost point of Romania at the time of the missile strike on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol