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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Looks to Talks

MOSCOW -- Russia is banking on President Boris Yeltsin's delayed visit to Japan going ahead next week despite continued political turmoil in Moscow, the Kremlin said Friday.

"We are counting on this visit going ahead and that the president will hold his second working meeting with the Japanese prime minister on the dates already given," Kremlin spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky said at a news briefing.

The Kremlin decided to postpone Yeltsin's trip, originally set for April 11-13, by one week because of a political crisis triggered by the president's decision to sack his government.

Yastrzhembsky has said Yeltsin hopes to discuss "new ideas" in the talks with Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, due to take place April 18-19 on the Izu peninsula southwest of Tokyo, but has given no details.