Lavrov: joint projects will bring the relations of Russia and Japan to a new level

Лавров: совместные проекты выведут отношения РФ и Японии на новый уровень

The implementation of joint projects of Russia and Japan will bring the relations of the two countries to a new level, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, opening the meeting with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida.

“The talks that we held, we are targeting for advancement in all areas that our leaders have identified as promising. This year an unprecedented activity of contacts, including at the highest level, and the scope of directions of interactions, which are discussed and agreed. The work on the so-called plan Shinzo Abe of eight items and on the Russian list of priority projects, their implementation, of course, will take our relations to a new level”, — said Lavrov.

He said today’s talks “almost final stage of preparations for the Russian President’s visit to Japan”. “I am convinced that both delegations are aware of their responsibility for constructive work”, — said the Russian Minister.

As expected, December 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Japan and meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Nagato city, Yamaguchi Prefecture, which is the constituency Abe, and the birthplace of his ancestors. The next day, the talks will be held in Tokyo, they will be devoted mainly to economic cooperation. During the visit it is planned to sign about 30 documents.

Relations between Russia and Japan for many years overshadows the absence of a peace Treaty. Japan claims the Islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. The return of the Islands Tokyo made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which after the Second world war and was not signed. The position of Moscow consists that southern Kuriles became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them has the appropriate international legal formalization.