Russianfirst deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov told reporters yesterdaythat he does not plan to discuss the Kuril Islands territorialdispute during his June 8-11 visit to Japan. Nemtsov, recentlynamed as co-chair of a Japanese-Russian trade commission, suggestedthat discussions would be confined to economic issues. He urgedJapanese businesses to involve themselves in the energy and hightechnology sectors of Russia’s Far Eastern economy. (Itar-Tass,June 3)
Yeltsin Meets with Deputy Defense Chief.