LEAVING VIETNAM AND CUBA

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LEAVING VIETNAM AND CUBA

Izvestia, October 18, 2001, p. 3

President Putin has attended a meeting at the Defense Ministry, to discuss funding issues.

Putin reiterated Moscow’s readiness to form a modern army and announced that the Russian base in KamRanh, Vietnam, will be shut down as of January 1, 2002; Russia will also withdraw from the Lourdes radar installation in Cuba.

SHOOTING ON THE PYANDZH RIVER

Parlamentskaya Gazeta, October 18, 2001, p. 1

The Russian outpost Kupletin on the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border has come under fire again.

No border guards of the Pyandzh detachment were reported injured. All the same, this makes 79 occasions that Russian border guards in Tajikistan have recorded explosions of tank and artillery shells fired from Afghanistan.

KASIANOV AND THE BLUE STREAM

Parlamentskaya Gazeta, October 18, 2001, p. 1

The first Russian gas may be delivered via Blue Stream as soon as in the first half of 2002.

DUMA SPEAKER GENNADI SELEZNEV MEETS WITH ROMANIAN MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

Parlamentskaya Gazeta, October 18, 2001, p. 1

Both delegations commented on the growth in Russian-Romanian trade turnover. The official visit of the Romanian parliamentary delegation will last five days and end in St. Petersburg.

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