Antanas Valionis, foreign minister of Lithuania, who is also the chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, will pay a business visit to Russia on January 15-16. A representative of the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow told RBC that during the visit, it is planned to discuss questions of bilateral relations, as well as aspects of the economic cooperation between Lithuania and Kaliningrad Region of Russia. Valionis will inform Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov about the agenda of the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe devoted to regional cooperation and its effect on democratic reforms, which will be held in Vilnius on May 2-3, 2002. The Lithuanian foreign minister will also meet with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko, Government Minister Vladimir Yelagin, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Oleg Mironov, Duma International Affairs Committee Chairman Dmitry Rogozin, and Press Minister Mikhail Lesin. During these meetings, it is planned to discuss the dynamics of democratic reforms in Russia, the legal reform, the problem of human rights observation in Russia, the situation in Chechnya, the fight against terrorism by the international coalition, and the work of the Council of Europe.
In response to the unlawful December 1 arrest and detention of Chinese tech giant Huawei's chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities in Vancouver at the behest of the Trump regime, facing possible unacceptable extradition to the US, Beijing warned its high-tech personnel last month against traveling to America unless it's essential.
Rescuers found the pilot of one of the two Su-34 fighters that had collided in midair in the Far East on January 18