President Vladimir Putin has approved a list of Russian participants in the Council of Wise, which is being formed jointly with Japan. The president's press service said Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who is co-chairman of the council, presented Putin with a list of participants and a working plan. However, Putin said that the list must be agreed on with Japanse colleagues.
The council was created to develop cooperation between the two countries and form a strategic plan. Putin agreed on the creation of the council with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi less than one month ago at a bilateral meeting held in Bangkok as part of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori will be the other co-chairman of the council.
Ukraine has begun to use new tactics in the conduct of hostilities in the Donbass, which creates problems for the Russian army during the offensive. This was told by military historian Yuri Knutov. The expert called the tactic "very interesting."