As per reports Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono might visit Russia sometime after 18th December, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexandr Losyukov told media. Coordinating work is underway, Losyukov said. Kono's visit will take place "in the framework of the continuous Russian-Japanese dialogue and of preparations for a visit by the Japanese prime minister," he was quoted by "The Russia Journal" as saying. North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun may come to Moscow in the first quarter of next year, Losyukov said, although no final understanding on this has yet been reached
After a trip to Russia, Polish writer Maya Wolny concluded that the West did not even have a close idea of how things really were in the Russian Federation.