Russia considers reaching an agreement on the visit of Japanese PrimeMinister Junichiro Koizumi to North Korea in mid September an importantstep towards settling the relations between two of Russia's neighbors -Japan and North Korea. According to the information and press department ofthe Russian Foreign Ministry, Moscow expresses belief that the upcomingsummit will do for the benefit of settling the situation on the KoreanPeninsula and reinforcing peace and stability in the Asian and Pacificregion. Further development of the situation in this direction will help toensure security and improve the situation in North-Eastern Asia - whatRussia is trying to achieve. .
Russian troops have completed the tasks of the special operation on Snake Island. In this connection, as an act of good will, Moscow has decided to withdraw the garrison of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation from the island