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Monday, October 24, 2016

Abe punched a hole in Russia’s isolation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited in Sochi President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Assessment of foreign media reports, the Japanese leader “has breached the isolation of Russia from the G7. At the talks the sides discussed wide range of issues: from the new approach to the issue of the Kurils and peace Treaty to “pans” in Central Asia and joint projects in the economy.

A new approach for the Kuriles and peace Treaty

“Prime Minister Abe has promised to personally encourage this work, from our side were told the same thing”

On Friday in the Sochi President residence of Russia “Bocharov a stream” there took place negotiations between Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, which lasted more than three hours. The two leaders agreed on intensive political dialogue, confirmed the focus on development of trade-economic and investment ties, suggestions have been made on a number of specific projects. In addition, Abe has offered Russian leader to meet three times this year on the sidelines of multilateral summits.

As stated before that the Russian foreign Ministry, the dialogue between Moscow and Tokyo was aborted under US pressure, he is now recovering.

One of the main issues of Russian-Japanese relations has traditionally been the subject Smoked. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the results of negotiations in Sochi between Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said that this issue “was raised in a very constructive way.” “The contacts will continue at the level of ministries of foreign Affairs,” he added.

Japanese Prime Minister after the meeting said that Moscow offered a new approach to solving the problem and together with Vladimir Putin reached agreement in this matter, reports Kyodo.

The second theme, which is closely related to the first and always has been on the agenda of Russian-Japanese talks – the conclusion of a peace Treaty between the countries was also raised in Sochi.

“Were supported by the steps that have been taken by two different ministries of foreign Affairs in accordance with the previous instructions of the President and the Prime Minister. The next round of consultations at the level of Deputy foreign Ministers on the peace Treaty will take place in June”, – told after the discussions, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, reports RIA “Novosti”.

Besides, Moscow expects the continuation of contacts between the military of Russia and Japan. “Today also talked about the fact that between the border guards of the two countries have very good cooperation. We hope that our Japanese neighbors will participate in the exercise to combat smuggling and other violations in the Pacific in July-August of this year… It all goes into the Treasury’s General efforts to build trust and establish a truly authentic partnership, as agreed by the President and Prime Minister, signed a joint statement in April 2013”, – said Lavrov.

Putin and Abe noted that it would be useful to resume the negotiation format “2+2” with the participation of Ministers of foreign Affairs and defence of Russia and Japan.

Economic sanctions and the real economy

According to Lavrov, the issue of lifting the sanctions against Russia in Sochi was not discussed. “As you know, this issue does not exist for us in terms of initiation during the negotiations with the Russian side. This is the problem of those who introduced sanctions. We, once again, seeks to draw lessons from the position of our Western partners who have initiated such measures illegitimate. We will do everything to ensure that Russia was developing steadily, regardless of who with a leg up in any Western capital,” – said the Minister.

While Japanese Prime Minister suggested that the Russian President’s big plan for economic cooperation. The document, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, consists of eight items and includes provisions for the construction of plants for processing liquefied gas, airports, ports, health care institutions and other infrastructure, primarily in the far East.

“Prime Minister Abe has promised to personally encourage this work. On our side were told the same thing, the President keeps it under special control”, – said Lavrov.

In his words, Putin and Abe was given to trade, economic and investment matters particular attention. And it’s not so much about trade relations, but about the implementation of major joint investment projects. Are successfully developing relations between the two countries in agriculture, medicine and in the field of “smart city environment”.

Korea, Syria, “ideas” for Central Asia

As Russia and Japan shared area (click to enlarge)Not bypassed in the negotiations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. According to Sergei Lavrov, Moscow expects the idea of deploying its anti-missile shield the United States. “With all the unity in relation to missile and nuclear adventurism of North Korea, the Russian Federation considers absolutely unnecessary and very very dangerous trying to use this situation as a pretext for disproportionately to increase military presence in the region,” the Minister said and added that Russia needs legal guarantees do not focus ABOUT the United States against her.

Against this background, the leaders of Russia and Japan have confirmed their former positions in favor of the implementation of all existing agreements for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“We talked about Syria, Lavrov confirmed. – Russia has supported the connection of Japan to the task force on humanitarian Affairs, which was established in the International the Syria support group”.

And cooperation in Central Asia, Moscow and Tokyo have “ideas”. “There was talk about Afghanistan. Japan is one of the leading donors providing assistance to the country, Russia has also undertaken several projects in support of the Afghanistan security forces, army, police. And we have through the UN joint Russian-Japanese project on police training in the fight against the Afghan drug industry for the relevant structures”, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.

Personal relationships

“We have had a good dialogue not only on the grounds of the UN General Assembly and “twenty”, and also by phone”

Before the meeting in Sochi Shinzo Abe announced a “Frank exchange of views with Vladimir (Putin)” not only on bilateral relations but also on global agenda.

Then, Abe said he appreciates the contacts with Vladimir Putin personally: “Since the summit, our bilateral relations are actively moving forward… We have had a good dialogue not only on the grounds of the UN General Assembly and “twenty”, and also by phone. I appreciate such contacts, told the Japanese guest. – Remembering the beautiful landscape of Sochi, I was looking forward to the first after the last November meeting with Vladimir. I am very pleased to meet with you today.”

In turn, Vladimir Putin in the beginning of the meeting said that “Japan is not just a neighbor and important partner of Russia”.

The head of the Russian foreign Ministry told reporters that the Japanese delegation was given a gift – a copy of the artist’s works Keygen Kawahara dedicated to Japanese flora. The representative of Japan gave the answer in the book, Japanese priest of the Orthodox Church and binoculars.

Vladimir Putin has invited Shinzo Abe for the coming 2-3 September in Vladivostok East economic forum. And Japanese Prime Minister reiterated the invitation to Putin to visit his country.

Background of the visit to Sochi

The arrival of the Japanese Prime Minister may not marks a tectonic shift in the relationship, but clearly shows them warming. Shinzo Abe thus shows that conducting an independent foreign policy that meets the national interests of Japan, and not amenable to pressure from Washington.

According to Bloomberg, Abe’s visit has “breached international isolation”, which is trying to drive Russia the country’s “big seven” after the annexation of Crimea. Prime Minister of Japan, a key US ally in the Asia-Pacific region, have ignored a call by President Barack Obama to abandon his visit to Russia, thereby setting a precedent.

Head of the Department of diplomacy of MGIMO Alexander Panov on radio Sputnik suggested that Abe improved relations with Russia is in line with his political philosophy. “Shinzo Abe, when he came to power, have set themselves two goals: to improve relations with the United States, and he did it. And promote relations with Russia, to try to “find” an exit to the conclusion of a peace Treaty, in fact, all time of its stay in power he is doing. Recall that Abe was the only one of the “seven” at the Olympics in Sochi, had a good conversation with Vladimir Putin. Japan has imposed very mild sanctions compared to other Western countries,” he stressed.

In turn, the head of the Japanese direction of the HSE, Andrey Fesyun expressed the view that “one of the reasons for the current visit is opposition to the pressure of the United States of America, which is very annoying Japan that the United States itself maintains constant contacts with the Russian side, moreover, trade with Russia, while others forbid”.

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