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Gist of remarks by Japanese and Russian leaders

  • September 6, 2019
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

The following is the gist of remarks made by Prime Minster Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin in their summit talks.

 

Japan-Russia peace treaty

 

The two leaders reaffirmed that they will deal with the issue in a forward-looking manner. They ordered their foreign ministers, who are tasked with overseeing negotiations, to work out a solution that will be acceptable to both sides. They also agreed to meet again on the sidelines of the leaders’ summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which will be held in Chile in November.

 

Joint economic activities

 

They confirmed that they will continue to work vigorously toward the implementation of pilot projects, which includes a tour to the four northern islands in October.

 

Northern Territories

 

They welcomed the fact that the former residents traveled to the four islands by air and paid visits to their ancestors’ graves for three years in a row.

 

Prime Minister Abe requested that they continue this project next year and beyond.

 

Abe also conveyed Japan’s position (with regard to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Etorofu and President Putin’s celebration of the launch of a seafood processing plant in Shikotan).

 

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The following is the gist of remarks made by the two leaders at a plenary meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum.

 

<Abe’s remarks>

 

If Japanese firms are able to take part in the transshipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced in the Arctic on the Kamchatka Peninsula bound for other Asian countries, a free and open Indo Pacific and the Arctic Ocean, where Russia is pushing forward with development, will be merged into a single, unbroken line of distribution.

 

A new cooperative relationship between Japan and Russia is steadily emerging, and beyond that lies the historic mission of concluding a peace treaty. Let us unleash the unlimited potential of the people of the two nations.  

 

<Q&A>

 

Japan-Russia peace treaty

 

Prime Minister Abe: President Putin and I agreed to accelerate negotiations based on the 1956 Japan-Soviet joint declaration, (which refers to the handover of Habomai and Shikotan Islands).

 

President Putin: The issue does not only concern Japan and Russia, but also covers military, national defense, and security aspects. We must look into the obligations that Japan has with third nations, including the U.S. Russia is aiming to conclude a peace treaty based on the 1956 joint declaration.

 

Missile defense

 

President Putin: The withdrawal of the U.S. from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty will destroy the international system of security and arms control. The deployment (of U.S. intermediate-range missiles) to Japan and South Korea will cause serious problems for Russia.

 

Prime Minister Abe: The Aegis Ashore system that we plan to deploy will be operated by Japan. The objective is to block missiles from the DPRK. We have not received any proposals from the U.S. about deploying U.S. missiles in Japan, and we have no plans to do so.

 

Russia’s return to G7

 

Prime Minister Abe: (At the G7 summit in August,) I discussed giving consideration to having Russia participate in the G7 because Russia’s constructive engagement is indispensable for addressing global challenges.

 

President Putin: Russia was supposed to host the G8 summit before. I would welcome the leaders (of the G7 nations) to Russia if the next summit could be held here.

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