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TOKYO, March 30. /TASS/. Positive dynamics is currently observed in the Russian-Japanese relations, Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister, Shinsuke Sugiyama, said on Thursday in the run-up to another round of strategic dialogue between Russia and Japan. Taking part in the consultations is Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov.
"Today we will continue our dialogue with Mr. Titov. I am confident this will contribute to the development of our relations in various areas," he said. "This also shows the positive dynamics in our cooperation." Sugiyama noted that the current strategic dialogue between the two countries is the 13th one, stressing that Tokyo intends to "prepare thoroughly" for the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Russia scheduled for late April. "In all areas, including the peace treaty and the eight-point cooperation plan issues," he added.
The previous round of the Russian-Japanese strategic dialogue took place last October. At that time, its participants discussed a wide array of bilateral issues along with the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and in the Middle East.