Head of Russian delegation to OSCE PA says Ukraine not ready for dialogueRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 25, 5:02
Russian baritone Hvorostovsky cancels concerts due to continuing treatmentSociety & Culture February 25, 3:22
Russian prime minister declares 3rd Winter World Military Games openMilitary & Defense February 24, 22:33
Russia to veto UNSC resolution imposing sanctions on Syria — envoyRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 22:29
Ukrainian MP Savchenko arrives in Donetsk republic to visit Ukrainian prisoners — agencyWorld February 24, 22:25
Russian Defense Ministry surprised over German MPs reaction to Reichstag miniature plansRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 16:32
Iraq's PM orders airstrikes on IS positions in SyriaWorld February 24, 16:09
Nord Stream 2 financing model to be ready by year end - OMVBusiness & Economy February 24, 13:44
Churkin left bright mark in history of Russian diplomacy, Lavrov saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 12:20
STRELNA, St Petersburg, September 5 (Itar-Tass) - Japan and Russia will continue consultations on South Kurile Islands at the level of ministers’ deputies, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
At the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, Abe said, “We intend to hold consultations in the future.”
Putin and Abe also agreed that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu would visit Japan on November 1-2 to meet his counterparts within the 2+2 format. Moscow hopes that such format will be useful for further development of cooperation.
The Japanese premier conveyed sympathies to the Russian president on the flood in the Far East. “I sincerely wish the soonest recovery under your leadership,” Abe said.
He also wished the success to Russia in holding the winter Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi.
Commenting on the situation in Syria, the Japanese premier said the use of chemical weapons was unforgettable.
“We intend to closely cooperate with the world community, including with Russia,” Abe said.
Putin said Russia and Japan intensified trade and strengthen cooperation in many fields.
Japan considers the South Kurile Islands its own territories and refuses to sign a peace treaty with Russia for this reason.