Asahi, Mainichi, and Sankei wrote that Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said on Tuesday in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily that Russia has no intention to cede the Kuril Islands to Japan or “beg” Japan for a peace treaty. Lavrov said that Russia is committed to the 1956 Japan-Soviet joint declaration, which stated that Shikotan and Habomai, two of….Read more
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Today’s Mainichi front-paged the disclosure by a source involved in Russo-Japanese relations that the Russian government is insisting that President Putin’s trip to Japan later this year be an official visit, including Tokyo, instead of an informal one in PM Abe’s hometown of Yamaguchi Prefecture. Moscow has reportedly dismissed the Japanese proposal for an informal visit aimed at toning down….Read more
The G7 leaders reached consensus on counterterrorism measures and the Ukraine crisis at the Ise-Shima Summit that opened on May 26. The exclusion of Russia from the summit in the aftermath of the Ukraine crisis in 2014 made such G7 solidarity possible, but it is doubtful if the agreement will be effective without Russia’s participation.
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
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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