SOCHI, February 08, 17:50 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to hold the next meeting on the sidelines of the G8 summit due to take place in Sochi on June 4-5, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday.
Putin will make a visit to Japan in the autumn, Peskov said.
“This is the fifth meeting between Putin and Abe and it has concrete figures for continuing the contacts: the new meeting will take place within the G8 summit. Vladimir Putin will make a visit to Japan in October-November,” the spokesman said.
On February 8, the leaders of both countries exchanged views on key issues. The Japanese premier supported Russia’s efforts to fight terrorism. “This is a very important topic within the context of Russia’s presidency in the Group of Eight. Russia chose this issue as one of its priorities,” Peskov said.
In addition, Putin and Abe discussed economic cooperation, the energy dialogue, energy saving interaction, and contacts in the fields of medicine and culture. “Japan also show interest in Russia’s experience to stimulate the demographic growth,” the spokesman said.
“The leaders of both countries confirmed that economic and investment cooperation created favourable conditions for promoting the peace dialogue,” Peskov said.
At the same time, the spokesman stressed the disputable issue of Kurile Islands had not been raised at the talks.
Abe said the Japanese ABM system was exclusively an instrument of defense and its objective was to defend the lives and security of Japan’s population in case of a missile attack. He also called Russia an important strategic partner for his country in ensuring stability and security in the region, adding that he would like to continue developing this cooperation in the future.
“Japan’s missile defence is an exclusively defence system, which is aimed at protecting people’s life and security in the event of a missile threat,” Abe said, adding “As premier I guarantee that it is not aimed against Russia.” Russia “is Japan’s important strategic partner in ensuring stability and security in the region”, Abe said.
“I’d like to say we continue developing such cooperation in the future,” the Japanese premier stressed. As a whole, the leaders of both countries said relations had started normalising.