Putin and Japanese Prime Minister talked about joint activities on the Kuril Islands

At the meeting in Vladivostok, Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe discussed without exception, the direction of relations between the two countries, said after the talks foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Negotiations began the day with a meeting with representatives of business, then Putin and Abe held bilateral talks, and then talks with participation of delegations. Statements to the press after the meeting, the leaders did not, therefore, on the outcome of the negotiations was announced by the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and Minister of energy Alexander Novak.

“The talks touched upon all areas of our relations — political dialogue, economy in all its dimensions, inter-parliamentary ties, humanitarian contacts, cooperation in foreign Affairs,” — said Lavrov following talks (quoted by TASS).

According to him, in the economic field discussed the ideas that were expressed during the visit of Prime Minister Abe in Sochi on 6 may. “He then offered to develop a plan of 8 points, which covers various areas such as energy, medicine and high technology. Today Japanese colleagues presented detailed ideas. From our side, support was expressed for this attitude,” — said Lavrov.

Discussed the issue of a peace Treaty, which Russia and Japan never signed after world war II. This issue is one of the main foreign policy goals of the Japanese Prime Minister. After a visit to Sochi, he said that he had offered Putin a new approach to solving the problem, but neither he nor the Russian leader later clarified, what it is. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov on Friday said the expected decision of the question at this meeting is not necessary.

Speaking about the Kuril Islands, Lavrov said that Japan for the first time expressed readiness for joint economic activities on the Kuril Islands. According to him, Russia has long offered Japanese colleagues to deal with this problem. “Some time ago the Cabinet of Ministers attitude was cautious. Now we sense the readiness of Japanese partners to discuss issues related to joint economic activity on the Islands, and not only related to joint economic activities, but also issues relating to exchanges between people,” — said the Minister.

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Lavrov also confirmed that at the end of the year will be Putin’s visit to Japan, which will continue the discussion of joint projects that the country can implement. According to the Japanese NHK, the visit will take place on December 15, Abe will Putin in his native Yamaguchi Prefecture.

The talks on Friday, the conversation between Putin and Abe will not end. Saturday will be a plenary session of the Eastern economic forum with the participation of Putin, Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. Together they have tomorrow open and the aquarium.