AN UPDATE ON THE LATEST SCANDAL IN RUSSIAN-GEORGIAN RELATIONS

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AN UPDATE ON THE LATEST SCANDAL IN RUSSIAN-GEORGIAN RELATIONS

Moskovsky Komsomolets, April 15, 2002, p. 1

General Valery Yevnevich: We will patrol the Kodor Gorge at least once a week all the same…

RUSSIAN-NATO COOPERATION PLANS ARE OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE, ACCORDING TO SWEDEN’S DEFENSE MINISTER

Izvestia, April 16, 2002, p. 2

During his visit to the Russian Baltic Fleet in Kaliningrad, Swedish Defense Minister Bjorn Gustav von Zyudov announced that Sweden was going to develop defense cooperation with Russia, particularly in the areas of joint exercises and sweeping the Baltic Sea of mines and ordnance of World War II. Sweden is not going to apply for NATO membership but plans of Russian-NATO cooperation are “of paramount importance”.

MOODY’S UPS RUSSIA’S RATING

Izvestia, April 16, 2002, p. 5

Moody’s international agency has upped Russia’s rating in hard currency from stable to positive. It is Ba3 now.

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