MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS/. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev met with Secretary General of the Japan National Security Council Shigeru Kitamura in Tokyo on Tuesday, the Russian Security Council’s press service reported.
"Nikolai Patrushev and Shigeru Kitamura held Russian-Japanese consultations on security during which they hashed over the issues of bilateral cooperation in the sphere of security. The situation in the world and in the Asia-Pacific region in the sphere of strategic stability, as well as the arms control issue were also discussed," the report says.
The Russian Security Council secretary noted that relations of the two countries are developing steadily and dynamically overall. He also "welcomed the Japanese administration’s efforts directed at the galvanization of bilateral ties and the strive to bolster mutual confidence, highlighting that the two countries’ leaders, who met three times this year already, give a boost to this process," the press service says.
Patrushev noted that at the meeting with his Japanese counterpart, both of them discussed priority concerns for their countries, chiefly in the field of security. "We agreed that we would reduce [the number] of issues where there is a misunderstanding and we will seek to coordinate our positions and consequently bolster trust in one another," the Russian security chief said.
Patrushev and Kitamura highly valued the results of the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok on September 5 on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum.
Patrushev, who is staying in Japan on a two-day visit, congratulated his counterpart on his appointment to the post of Secretary General of Japan’s National Security Council which he assumed on September 11.
Peace treaty issue
Russia and Japan will work on creating conditions for signing a bilateral peace accord, Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev told reporters after his meeting in Tokyo with Secretary General of Japan’s National Security Council Secretariat Shigeru Kitamura.
"Yes, indeed, this treaty needs to be signed, and conditions should be created for this. We are going to do this," Patrushev said commenting on whether both parties had discussed a peace deal between Japan and Russia.
Moscow and Tokyo will cooperate both bilaterally and multilaterally, he assured.
Since the mid-20th century, Russia and Japan have been holding consultations in order to clinch a peace treaty as a follow-up to World War II. The Kuril Islands issue remains the sticking point since after WWII the islands were handed over to the Soviet Union while Japan laid claims to the four southern islands. In 1956, the two countries signed a joint declaration on ending the state of war and restoring diplomatic relations, but a peace treaty has not been reached yet. Moscow has repeatedly stated that Russia’s sovereignty over the islands cannot be called into question.