Japanese PM meets Russia's leaders to discuss G-8 climate initiatives

Japan's leader met with Russia's outgoing and incoming presidents Saturday, seeking Moscow's support for global environmental initiatives before the Group of Eight summit. Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda discussed Japan's initiatives against global warming, as well as ways of mending ties with Russia, during his meetings with President Vladimir Putin and his president-elect Dmitry Medvedev. "First and foremost, we will discuss the G-8 summit in Japan," Medvedev told Fukuda at their meeting in a government residence just outside Moscow. The G-8 summit will be an early international appearance for Medvedev after he takes office May 7. "The summit is the most appropriate place to discuss environment-related issues," Fukuda said.