G7 nations along with the European Union (EU) are preparing for a discussion in the summit on the 26th and 27th on the feasibility of countermeasures against over-production of steel and export dumping practices. Although the plan does not accuse China by name, the measure seeks to address China’s dumping of steel. A document to be adopted concerning free trade….Read more
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In connection with the issue of the Northern Territories, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, “Russia will not sell even one (island to Japan).” He also said, “Russia will not link” the territorial issue with the economy or other issues. He made it clear that he will separate measures to strengthen Japan-Russia economic relations and territorial negotiations. He made the remarks….Read more
Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Vladimirovich Morgulov stated on May 20 that in the second half of June, Japan and Russia are expected to hold vice-ministerial-level talks in Tokyo on the issue of concluding a peace treaty, according to The Interfax. Morgulov is expected to participate in the talks.
Saturday morning’s Asahi reported from Moscow that Russian President Putin said during a press conference on Friday that he plans to discuss the Northern Territories issue during peace treaty talks with Japan. The paper said while senior Russian government officials have been making remarks against holding territorial talks with Japan, the Russian leader chose to demonstrate flexibility. President Putin reportedly….Read more
Nikkei claimed that the GOJ has sounded out Russia on the possibility of President Putin visiting Yamaguchi Prefecture in December for an informal summit with PM Abe in the hope that by touring the premier’s hometown together, the two leaders will be able to discuss the Northern Territories dispute and other pending issues in a relaxed atmosphere. The premier reportedly….Read more
Several papers reported on a meeting held yesterday between Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga and visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Trutnev, during which the Russian official explained that Moscow is committed to supporting Japanese companies’ investment in the Russian Far East.
- May 19, 2016
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Asahi spotlighted Moscow’s enthusiasm for generating Japanese interest in investment in Russia, noting that visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Trutnev met with leading Japanese businessmen on Monday to ask for their cooperation in the development of the Far East. Although the GOJ is anxious to promote Japanese investment in Russia with the goal of expediting the Northern Territories talks, the….Read more
Sankei said Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seko on Monday met with visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Trutnev and agreed to deepen cooperation for the economic development of the Russian Far East. The Russian politician, a close political ally of President Putin’s, reportedly praised the recent summit between PM Abe and Putin in Sochi, during which the two leaders agreed to….Read more
The approach based on “new ideas” to the Northern Territories issue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir recently agreed upon consists of going into discussions on a concrete solution without mentioning the two governments’ disagreement on the historical and legal facts, sources informed Sankei on May 11. The government will not touch on Russia’s illegal occupation of the….Read more
Nikkei wrote from Moscow that Shotaro Yachi, head of the secretariat of Japan’s National Security Council, is planning to visit Moscow in July to hold talks with his Russian counterpart. The two officials will discuss how to improve bilateral relations in line with a “new approach” agreed upon between Prime Minister Abe and President Putin earlier this month.
- May 13, 2016
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