According to the Finance Ministry's program of domestic loans in 2004, which will be considered at a government meeting on June 26, some 263bn rubles ($8.65bn) in state securities are to be attracted and some 118bn rubles ($3.88bn) in loans will be paid off, Russian Deputy Finance Minister Alexey Ulyukayev told journalists today.
In 2003 these figures are to be 169bn rubles ($5.56bn) and 112bn rubles ($3.68bn) respectively. Moreover, in 2004 the Finance Ministry is planning to issue state short-term bonds (GKO) totaling 50bn rubles ($1.64bn) and federal loan bonds (OFZ) worth 210bn rubles ($6.9bn).
The United States announced its intention to send Special Operations Forces (SOF) soldiers to Ukraine. Formally, everything is presented as if it is necessary to protect the embassy. However, the reality is different. This opinion was expressed by a military observer, reserve colonel Mikhail Khodarenok.