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Japan foreign minister‘s visit to Moscow possible late in October — Kyodo

September 22, 9:50 UTC+3 TOKYO
The Japanese minister stresses the importance of the dialogue with Russia
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Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

© Katsumi Kasahara/Pool Photo via AP

TOKYO, September 22. /TASS/. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will possibly visit Moscow at the end of October to pave the way for a visit to Japan by Russian President Vladimir Putin, due in December, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday.

Earlier, Fumio Kishida told reporters after talks with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov that he intended to visit Moscow before Russian leader’s visit to Japan in December. However, he did not give the concrete timeframe of the trip.

"A dialog with Russia is important to induce it to play a constructive role on such problems facing the global community as Ukraine, Syria, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea," the Japanese minister said.

He also said Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov would visit Tokyo in November to co-chair a session of the bilateral intergovernmental trade and economic commission. Kishida is the Japanese co-chairman of the commission.

The session will be held ahead of the visit by the Russian leader, agreed at a summit meeting in Russia’s Vladivostok on September 2, on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic forum.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Putin’s visit to Japan was due at the end of the year, and he would meet with the Russian president in Nagato, the Japanese prime minister’s hometown, on December 15.

The prime minister said one more meeting of the two leaders was possible in November, at an APEC summit in Peru.

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