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Japan's sanctions on Russia result from US pressure — State Duma speaker

May 30, 2014, 8:55 UTC+3 TOKYO
"Development of relations with Japan is a priority task for Russian diplomacy," Sergei Naryshkin stressed
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Sergei Naryshkin

Sergei Naryshkin

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TOKYO, May 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Speaker of the State Duma lower house of parliament Sergei Naryshkin named the development of relations with Japan as one of guidelines of Russian foreign policy and called for shaping an atmosphere of trust between the two countries to settle all issues that remained unresolved. He said this in an interview with Japanese business newspaper Nikkei, which was published on Friday ahead of his forthcoming visit to Tokyo next week.

“Development of relations with Japan is a priority task for Russian diplomacy. This is extremely important for ensuring security of Russia and the whole Asia-Pacific region. Development of relations with Japan does not contradict strengthening of Russian ties with China,” the State Duma speaker noted.

He also dwelt on President Vladimir Putin’s possible visit to Japan that is expected in autumn. During this working visit several joint documents may be signed to bring bilateral dialogue on a higher level, Naryshkin noted. The State Duma speaker also called for Japan’s broader participation in development of Russia’s Far East, particularly for involving Japan in infrastructure projects.

Asked about prospects of resolving the problem of a peace treaty between Moscow and Tokyo, Naryshkin noted that “Calm talks should be held about this.” “The Second World War results should be also taken into account,” the state Duma speaker noted.

As for situation in bilateral talks after the events in Ukraine, Naryshkin noted that Japan’s sanctions imposed on Russia due to the Russian position on these events “had probably resulted from a strong pressure from the US”. He also voiced strong concerns over development of the situation in Ukraine. “The crisis is deepening and we do not take current events easily,” Naryshkin added, noting that “Probably, the only way to alleviate tension is a dialogue between all political forces.”

During his official visit the State Duma speaker is expected to participate in an opening of a traditional festival of Russian culture in Japan and to meet with the leadership of Japanese parliament and other political and public figures.

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