Mayor of Arkhangelsk Oleg Nilov met Japanese Ambassador to Russia Issei Nomura yesterday. This was announced to a Rosbalt correspondent by the Arkhangelsk administration.
The aim of the Japanese ambassador's trip is to visit the city and region and assess potential opportunities for Japan to work with the northern areas of Russia. He said that over 60 Japanese companies already have offices in Moscow and many are willing to start operations in the regions of Russia. Mr Nomura intends to encourage the managers of Japanese companies in Moscow to visit Arkhangelsk as he believes the city and region are rich in both economic and cultural terms. There have been proposals to create a Russo-Japanese society of friendship in Arkhangelsk. Mr Nilov spoke to his Japanese guests about the modern city of Arkhangelsk and also gave a brief outline of the city's history.
Mr Nomura also visited the Arkhangelsk Fine Art Museum yesterday.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea