Russian and Japanese diplomats suggested yesterday that bilateral relations remain on track despite a Russian oil spill in Japanese waters in early January and Moscow’s more recent postponement of a meeting of a joint Russo-Japanese trade commission. The remarks followed talks between Russian and Japanese deputy foreign ministers in Moscow on March 28-29. The talks were aimed at advancing negotiations on a peace treaty and on resolution of the Kuril Islands territorial dispute. (Itar-Tass, Interfax, April 1)
Russian Ground Forces Commander Still not Charged.