Russian advance team to arrive at summit venue Tues.
An advance team from Moscow will arrive in Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Tuesday to inspect the venue of an upcoming Russo-Japanese summit talks between President Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, officials said Monday.
The Russian team, to be accompanied by officials of Japan's National Police Agency and the Foreign Ministry, intends to inspect routes between Tokyo's Haneda airport and the seaside resort of Kawana, southwest of Tokyo on the Izu Peninsula.
Besides familiarizing themselves with the lay of the land, the Russians will confer with Japanese officials to obtain details about local conditions, security and activities that will help in planning for the April 11-13 summit.
The Foreign Ministry intends to schedule activities and tours in consideration of the Russian team's opinions and of the wishes of Yeltsin, who has said he wants to go fishing, and of first lady Naina, who has said she wants to view cherry blossoms.
The upcoming summit in Kawana follows an informal summit in November between Hashimoto and Yeltsin in the eastern Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The two leaders agreed then to work toward signing a bilateral peace treaty by 2000.