According to Russian defense industries minister Zinovy Pak, the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the fracturing of its metallurgical complex has left Russia drastically short of specialized materials needed for defense production. Ukraine’s independence has dealt an especially crippling blow to Russia’s military industries, Pak said. He called for greater Russian cooperation with Ukraine and other CIS states in this area. (Delovoi mir, September 3)
Brief Moscow Visit for Kohl.