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News of the day, 15.00 Moscow time

* Law-enforcement forces are involved in a gun battle with militants on the border of the republic of Ingushetia with Chechnya

* Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said the government would approve the Gazprom-Sibneft deal soon

* Russian utility giant Unified Energy System said it was completing the development of its environmental policy

* A policeman was wounded in a blast on the Kavkaz highway in the North Caucasus

* A Ukrainian delegation arrived in Brussels to discuss human rights issues with the European Union

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