Russia counts on the development of “common positions” with the government of Japan during negotiations in the 2+2 format to be held on Monday, March 20. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov at the meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, reports “RIA Novosti”.
“Today, we are in the second half of the day will resume meeting 2+2, and I think that it is an important event, has accumulated a number of topics that are important in this format to discuss our approaches and it is desirable to develop a common position,” Lavrov said.
According to the head of the Russian Department, identification of common positions on international and regional issues is important for Moscow and Tokyo.
The Russian diplomat also assured his counterpart that Moscow is ready to discuss preparations for the contacts at a higher level, and plans for developing cooperation in the sphere of economy, culture and humanitarian exchanges.
“We have quite a few plans in the sphere of economy, culture, humanitarian exchanges, — said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry. We are ready to work”, — concluded Lavrov.
As notes TASS, in the course of talks, the Ministers plan to review the implementation of already achieved earlier in higher-level agreements and the schedule of future political contacts, including leaders of the two countries.
Also an important agenda of the meeting will be the issue of the Kuriles. Especially for Ministers will hear reports and proposals on joint economic activities on Southern Kuriles. The sides will also discuss the possibility of concluding a peace Treaty. Later, Tokyo will host the talks in the format of “two plus two”, which implies a meeting of foreign Ministers and defense ministries of Russia and Japan.
Joint activities on the disputed Kuril Islands, Putin and Prime Minister Abe discussed during the meeting in Vladivostok in early September. According to Sergei Lavrov, for the first time Japan had expressed readiness to consider the proposal for joint economic activities on the Kuril Islands.