TOKYO, March 5 (Itar-Tass) — The Japanese government considers dispatching to Moscow Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba to boost bilateral relations and discuss the thorny issue of the disputes southern Kuril Islands.
The visit may take place shortly after a new government is formed in Russia, Japanese government sources reported on Monday. According to them, Tokyo would also like to organize as soon as possible a personal meeting of Prime Minister Yoshiko Noda and Vladimir Putin. In particular, it may take place during a G8 summit in Chicago.
On Monday, the secretary general of the Japanese Cabinet of Ministers, Osamu Fujimura came out in favor of the development of partnership relations with Moscow in all spheres. Commenting on the results of the presidential election in Russia, he said “We know from reports of the Russian Central Election Commission that Vladimir Putin is heading for victory”. “In conditions of a changing strategic situation in the Asia-Pacific Region we will seek to build relations with Russia that would match the status of partners in that regionm to deepen relations with it in all spheres. This is the basis of our diplomacy towards Moscow,” Fujimura said.
The secretary general also mentioned the so-called territorial issue. “We will conduct intergovernmental consultations on its settlement in a calm atmosphere on the basis of all existing agreements and documents as well as principles of lawfulness and justice,” Fujimura noted.