The Prime Minister of Japan could become a mediator between Russia and the G7 countries, according to Tokyo. The summit of the countries “big seven” this year will be chaired by the Japanese side that, in her opinion, makes the candidate Shinzo Abe is particularly interesting for Russia. In Moscow, however, questioned not only the proposal of the Japanese, but also use the G7 format.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is ready to play the role of mediator between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of the countries “big seven”, said the Japanese side on Tuesday, February 16.
“Japan’s proposal indicates a desire to resolve issues related to the Kuril Islands, through the G7”
Between Putin and G7
“Since Japan is the Chairman of the group of seven this year, Prime Minister Abe is ready to pass on the concerns that countries in the G7, Russian President, and at the same time he is ready to give the opinion of Putin to the members of the “big seven”, – said the adviser to the Japanese Cabinet of Ministers on issues of public diplomacy, Tomohiko Taniguchi, reports “Interfax”.
In this Abe sees its mediation role and the significance of his presidency, that is, “bridge”, which unites Russia with G7, said Taniguchi. He also stressed that if Abe’s visit to Russia will take place, it will happen before the summit “the big seven”, which is scheduled for may 2016.
“Prime Minister Abe wants to keep and improve relations with President Putin. I can assure in this, – said the Agency interlocutor. – Prime Minister Abe also sure that if a dialogue with Putin, they can understand each other and find a common language, and therefore Abe sincerely wants to repeatedly meet with Putin”, – he added.
Earlier, the G7 was renamed the G8 – the group of eight, which includes Russia. However, 2014 has been a reformatting of the club, and Moscow has ceased to participate in the work of this discussion platform. When this was repeatedly stressed that Russia was not expelled from the G8, as an informal club. Procedures for withdrawal or exclusion from it simply does not exist.
After decision about suspension of the dialogue in the format of the G8 and established the format of G7, which includes the U.S., Germany, Italy, France, Japan, UK and Canada. The group, as in the previous embodiment, no Secretariat, it is not common any international Treaty. Group decisions have no international forces.
“Big seven“ are not relevant for Russia”
Looks like the competition is between the “Big seven” and the BRICS
Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, long time representing the interests of Russia in G8 sous-Sherpa in BRICS group Vadim Lukov said in an interview to the newspaper VIEW, that the G7 forum has outlived its usefulness and is not relevant for Russia. Now Moscow focuses on cooperation in organizations such as BRICS, SCO and G20. The interviewee believes that the work of the “big eight” in the near future to resume will fail because the West confrontation configured against Russia.
“The commitment of Japan to assist in the establishment of relations is connected first of all with the Japanese leadership. Japan seeks to improve ties with Russia in two areas. It is about political and economic cooperation. The Japanese are realists, they understand the complexity of their goals on the Northern territories, that is, on the Kuril Islands. They want to engage Russia in a dialogue on the Islands,” believes the Bows.
“For us the question of the Kuril Islands is closed since the conference in San Francisco in 1951, he said. – The Japanese side believes that Russia will be so grateful for the help in the thawing of relations with the G7 that will progress on the Northern territories. As they say, you are me I am you,” says the source.