The first visit by the commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy to Japan in the history of Russia and the now-defunct USSR was a success. Vladimir Kuroyedov, the incumbent, had discussed all the issues of mutual interest to the military departments of the two countries. Upon completion of his visit, he expressed hope that his visit would promote closer military cooperation between Russia and Japan and stabilization of the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, Kuroedov hoped. -O- (mal/kom) 23/04/01 18:11
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Russian President Vladimir Putin would never fall to the level of personal insults, Kremlin official spokesman Dmitry Peskov said