COMBAT TRAINING OF THE BLACK SEA FLEET

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COMBAT TRAINING OF THE BLACK SEA FLEET

Russian Television, Vesti, July 17, 1999, 20:00

Sergei Stepashin is currently in Sevastopol. There he has met with the command of the Black Sea Fleet, and during the meeting he made an unexpected statement: he ordered the command of the Fleet to conduct a combat exercise imitating the scenario of the NATO operation in the Balkans.

A MEETING OF FOREIGN MINISTERS IN TASHKENT

Russian Television, Vesti, July 17, 1999, 20:00

The meeting of the foreign ministers of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Russia has concluded in Tashkent. After the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said that he is satisfied with the results of the meeting and his visit to Uzbekistan. At the meeting, the ministers discussed issues of struggle against drug trade, religious extremism, and the national security of the three countries.

CRIMINAL PROCEEDING AGAINST LUZHKOV’S WIFE

Russian Television, Vesti, July 17, 1999, 20:00

Last week, certain newspapers mentioned that investigators of the Federal Security Service are conducting an audit of the bank accounts of the firm belonging to Luzhkov’s wife. Later the FSS informed that this firm is one of 200 which are being audited by the investigation group of the FSS in connection with illegal transfer of money abroad.

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov stated that the intrigue instigated by the FSS, the Kremlin, and the General Prosecutor’s Office is connected with his political activities.

But the Kremlin did not respond to the statement of Luzhkov, and is unlikely to.

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