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Japan, Russia planning “2+2” meeting in Moscow at end of July

Saturday morning’s Yomiuri wrote that several GOJ sources disclosed that the governments of Japan and Russia are planning to hold a “2+2” meeting of foreign and defense ministers in Moscow at the end of July. The paper said the GOJ is hoping to ask for Russia’s cooperation in achieving North Korea’s complete denuclearization and to confirm close bilateral cooperation.

In a related development, Yomiuri reported on Sunday that the GOJ lodged a protest with Russia through a diplomatic channel on June 15 after receiving notification from the Russian government that it is planning to test launch a missile in the vicinity of Etorofu in the Northern Territories between June 18 and 21. Noting that the Russian military deployed state-of-the-art surface-to-ship missiles on Etorofu and Kunashiri in 2016, the paper wrote that Russia may use one of these missiles for the test.

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