Italian PM Matteo Renzi says to file resignation request later on MondayWorld December 05, 4:37
Moscow not seen as possible host of Eurovision 2017 song contest - mediaSociety & Culture December 04, 22:22
Et-Tell in Damascus Province fully controlled by Syrian governmentWorld December 04, 21:46
Mirziyoyev campaign office says he is winning presidential elections in UzbekistanWorld December 04, 21:40
Preliminary results of Uzbekistan’s presidential polls to be announced on December 5 - CECWorld December 04, 21:28
Putin expresses condolences over fatal road accident in Khanty-Mansyisk autonomous areaSociety & Culture December 04, 20:20
Emergencies ministry confirms death of 12 people in road accident near Khanty-MansyiskSociety & Culture December 04, 17:04
Fidel Castro buried in Santiago de CubaWorld December 04, 16:50
Cuban revolution in pictures: Early years of Fidel CastroWorld December 04, 16:49
TOKYO, October 18. /TASS/. Moscow and Tokyo have certain expectations over the December visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan, but it is wrong to link it only with solving the territorial dispute, senior Russian senator Konstantin Kosachev told Japan’s NTV channel.
Kosachev, who heads the Russian upper house’s foreign affairs committee, attended the Russian-Japanese forum in Tokyo on Monday devoted to the 60th anniversary of restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries after signing the Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration of 1956.
"Like the Japanese side, we have certain expectations over this visit, there is no doubt in this," Kosachev said, adding that it would be "wrong to link these expectations exclusively with the issue of the territorial problem."
Speaking about relations of Putin and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Kosachev said that they are based on trust. "These are relations of people who are ready to listen to and hear each other," he said.
In early September, Putin and Abe met in Russia’s Vladivostok during the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) and agreed to step up bilateral talks. They decided to meet in Peru at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November.
Now Tokyo and Moscow are actively preparing for Putin’s visit to Japan scheduled for December. In October, Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to visit Russia. In early November, Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko may pay a visit to Tokyo. Also in November, the bilateral intergovernmental commission on trade and economic issues is due to be held in Tokyo. It will be attended by Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.
Russia and Japan have no peace treaty signed after World War II. The settlement of this problem inherited by Russia’s diplomacy from the Soviet Union is hampered by the years-long dispute over the four islands of Russia’s Southern Kurils - Shikotan, Habomai, Iturup and Kunashir, which Japan calls its northern territories.