Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi rules out the possibility of her "sudden visit" to Moscow after the forthcoming trip to Afghanistan and Japan in connection with the busy schedule. I would have visited Russia with pleasure with the permission of parliamentarians, who made me pay official visits to Iran and Afghanistan on holidays, Kawaguchi told a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday. The minister evaded a RIA Novosti correspondent's question on the possibility of her trip to the South Kurils. The deputies are also to make this decision, she said. The Japanese foreign minister doesn't agree with the opinion that Russian-Japanese relations are in stagnation. All contacts are maintained according to the schedule, she said.
Forest fires in Siberia have been raging for three months already. They have become a disaster not only of Russian, but of global scale. The fires have already scorched 12 million hectares of land