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Japan, Russia hold vice-ministerial talks on Northern Territories

Yomiuri and Asahi reported from Moscow that Deputy Foreign Minister Mori and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Hasegawa met with senior Russian diplomats yesterday and agreed to launch a bilateral taskforce on promoting joint economic activities on the Northern Territories following the recent completion of a pilot sightseeing tour of Etorofu and Kunashiri Islands. The two sides also reportedly agreed to arrange for the two foreign ministers to hold talks in Nagoya on the margins of the G20 foreign ministerial conference in late November. They also confirmed that Foreign Minister Motegi will visit Russia by year’s end.  

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