Japan has today presented St. Petersburg 1000 sakura saplings as a 300th anniversary gift. The young sakura, or cherry trees, were handed over at the city's botanical gardens in a ceremony attended by Governor Vladimir Yakovlev, Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Tetsuro Yano, Japanese Ambassador Issei Nomura, and Japanese Consul in St. Petersburg Terumi Muramatsu.
After WWII, the Soviet army left Austria, and the latter had always remained a neutral state and never joined NATO
Russia experienced default on August 17, 1998. Today, 20 years after those events, the economic situation in Russia does not seem stable to many