MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. Preparations are underway for the Japanese foreign minister’s visit to Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.
"Preparations for the Japanese foreign minister’s visit to Russia are underway," she said. "Mr. Kono is planned to hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and take part in a meeting of the Russian-Japanese intergovernmental commission on trade and economic issues. We will later announce the details of the visit, including its date," she added.
The Japanese top diplomat announced his plans to visit Moscow at a regular press conference earlier on Thursday. "I would like to make this visit as soon as possible and meet with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov," Taro Kono said.
On the sidelines of the Science and Technology in Society international forum, held in early October in Kyoto, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko would visit Russia in late November. According to Dvorkovich, they will particularly participate in a meeting of the intergovernmental commission on economic affairs.