The fight against international terrorism will be the central issue of the G-8 foreign ministers' meeting that has opened in Paris. "This problem has come to the foreground after the Saudi Arabia explosions," a high-ranking Russian diplomat said.
The session agenda also includes discussion of North Korea's nuclear programme, the situation in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pakistani relations.
The G-8 foreign ministers will also discuss the situation around Iraq and the G-8 role in that country's post-war reconstruction.
According to the foreign ministry official, the Paris meeting will help "restore trust shaken by the Iraqi war." The preparations for the G-8 summit to be held in Evian (France) on June 1-3 will be discussed at the meeting, too.
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is expected to hold negotiations with his Japanese counterpart Yoriko Kawaguchi Friday afternoon.
Former US intelligence officer Scott Ritter believes that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should flee Ukraine.