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Gist of outcome of “2-plus-2” security talks between Japan, Russia

TOKYO — The following is the gist of the outcome of “two-plus-two” security talks between the foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Russia and a one-on-one meeting by the defense ministers held Thursday in Tokyo.

 

Japan:

 

— says Russia’s military activities on disputed islands off Hokkaido are unacceptable, calls for calm attitude.

 

— says its planned deployment of Aegis Ashore missile defense system is for defense purposes and will not pose a threat to Russia.

 

— says North Korea’s recent firing of short-range ballistic missiles clearly violates U.N. Security Council resolutions.

 

Russia:

 

— voices concerns over the deployment of the Aegis Ashore system.

 

— asserts its military actions on disputed islands are legitimate.

 

— calls for new security architecture in the Indo-Pacific region.

 

Japan, Russia:

 

— confirm North Korea’s denuclearization is common goal and agree to cooperate to realize it.

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