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* The Gazprom board approved the Russian natural gas giant's acquisition of a 75.7% stake in oil major Sibneft

* Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov denied that Russia had transferred nuclear technologies to Iran

* Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Russia, NATO and India would hold joint anti-terrorism exercises in Russia in 2006

* Uzbekistan unilaterally closed a number of checkpoints on the border with Kyrgyzstan

* The Armenian Finance and Economy Ministry said the country's foreign debt would hit $1.2 billion in late 2005

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