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Gist of Abe, Putin joint press conference

  • January 23, 2019
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

President Vladimir Putin


We had a pragmatic and very constructive meeting.


Many economic projects are taking place between Japan and Russia, but these are not sufficient in comparison to the potentials that Japan and Russia possess. We agreed to increase (our goal of) bilateral trade volume between the two nations by 1.5 fold or to at least 30 billion dollars in the next few years.


We spent a substantial amount of time on the issue of signing a peace treaty. We reaffirmed our agreement reached in Singapore last November to move forward negotiations based on the 1956 Japan-Soviet joint declaration. We confirmed our mutual interest in signing a peace treaty. We should aim to find a solution that is acceptable to the people of both countries. We will continue to work carefully in the making of conditions for a mutually acceptable solution.   


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe


We were able to hold frank discussions on the prospects for cooperation between Japan and Russia in various fields. We’ve set a goal of doubling the number of reciprocal visitors to a total of 400,000 by 2023. On joint economic activities on the four (Northern Territories) islands, we instructed officials concerned in today’s meeting to work for the early implementation of these projects in a steady and prompt fashion . We agreed to allow former residents of the islands to pay grave visits by airplane in the summer.  


We had thorough and frank discussions on the issue of a peace treaty. We instructed that our foreign ministers or our special representatives can for example meet on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in February to advance negotiations further.


We confirmed a mutual commitment to promote joint efforts to find a mutually acceptable solution under my and President Putin’s leadership.

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