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MOSCOW, January 28 (Itar-Tass) — Russia and Japan are stepping up consultations on strategic stability, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Saturday.
Commenting on the results of the talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba, the ministry said, “The foreign ministers of the two countries came in favour of improving cooperation between Russia and Japan as big sea powers. Both parties intend to improve cooperation between military, law enforcement, border guard agencies, emergency and environmental services in adjacent maritime regions in such areas as security, salvage, countering illicit bioresources fishing, coping with the consequences of disasters and technogenic catastrophes, and the environment protection.”
“During discussions on international issues, the parties centred on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East, primarily in Syria, Iran’s nuclear problem, disarmament, missile defence and the U.N. reform. The parties expressed readiness to intensify coordinating efforts to counter such threats and challenges as international terrorism, the WMD proliferation, drug trafficking and transnational crime,” the ministry said. “Russia and Japan agreed to deepen interaction in order to strengthen security and stability in the Asia-Pacific Region, including via network diplomacy and coordination in key multilateral structures [the East Asia Summits, APEC, ASEM, ARF]. We will also agree to step up contacts between the foreign ministries, including consultations on strategic stability,” the ministry said.