In the history with the forthcoming visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Russia there is a new juicy detail. Namely, the pressure from the Obama administration with the purpose to cancel your visit and principled refusal by the Japanese to go for it. Does this mean that relations between Moscow and Tokyo may come a Renaissance?
The newspaper VIEW studied the history of Russian-Japanese relations, in which the United States has always been a very active player (not to say too active). The fact that the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister is already almost agreed, at first glance, testified that the US don’t mind another personal meeting of Putin and Abe (this time in Russia). However, according to the Agency Kyodo, the situation was not so clear.
“The U.S. has too many serious problems in the middle East and Europe in order to concentrate on the light Fronde from Japan”
In early February, President Barack Obama asked Abe to withdraw from the trip. According to the American President, it is “not the time” for such visits, due to divergence of the positions of Moscow and Washington on Ukraine and Syria.
Such news are not those which statesmen officially refute or confirm officially. Therefore, it is unlikely we’ll ever know whether Obama asked Abe not to go to Russia, informed sources Kyodo accurate information and who were these sources. We cannot exclude the possibility that this “leak” was organized by the office of the Abe, in order to please the feelings of those voters who believe that Tokyo is too often looks back at WA (and there are many).
Assuming that this conversation really was, in the words of Obama there is nothing new or surprising. Secretary of state John Kerry in between talks with Sergey Lavrov and regular trips to Moscow also manages to state “increasing the international isolation of Russia”. And quite in the spirit of Obama to sustain this line, expressing the wish that Abe refrained from his visit to Putin.
Another thing is that in this case the actions of the American President is difficult to name except double game that made the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov. “Obama is trying to isolate Russia – tries to dissuade Prime Minister of Japan to go to Moscow. Meanwhile, in Syria without us could not do. Double play” – wrote Pushkov in his Twitter account.