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PRESS RELEASE Results of the visit by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Japan

On the 1-2 November the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made a work-related visit to Tokyo, where he conducted negotiations with the Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and participated in the dialogue between the foreign and defence ministers of the two countries (2+2 format).

Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Shoigu were welcomed by the Prime Minster of Japan Shinzō Abe. The first round of 2+2 consultations in the history of Russian-Japanese relations was organised at summit level, in accordance with the agreement reached during the official visit of the head of the Japanese Government, Shinzō Abe, to Moscow this April.

They conducted interested exchanges of opinions on key problems of global and regional security. The Russian party stated its principled approaches to the building up of the new security architecture in the APR, as well as its assessments of the Japanese-American plans to create ABM. Agreements were reached to extend our defence exchanges, which, in the opinion of both the parties, will contribute to trust building between Russia and Japan and have a positive effect on security building in the region.

During the discussion on international problems, they discussed issues of the Syrian settlement, the situation in the Korean Peninsula, in Afghanistan, Iran's Nuclear Programme and several other topical issues. Readiness was expressed to build up our coordinated efforts to counteract modern threats and challenges such as international terrorism, WMD proliferation, drug trafficking, and transnational crime. The mutual intent to deepen our interaction for the purposes of security building and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, including within the framework of key multilateral structures (East Asia Summits, APEC, ARF), was emphasised.

The foreign ministers discussed the full set of relations between our countries. Specific ways to further advance our bilateral ties in the spirit of the Joint Statement for development of the Russian-Japanese partnership, which was adopted by the leaders of Russia and Japan, were mapped out.

Readiness to continue an active and constructive political dialogue, including at summit and high level, was confirmed.

Having welcomed the positive dynamics of our trade and economic cooperation, the ministers spoke in favour of building up our cooperation with the emphasis on modernisation, innovative, energy and investment components. The importance of deepening our cooperation in regions of Siberia and the Far East was especially highlighted.

Our mutual aspiration to continue our dialogue on the problem of the peace treaty, amicably and constructively, without public polemics, was confirmed. The fact was highlighted that a mutually acceptable decision on this issue may be found only as a result of active joint efforts for all-round development of our bilateral relations for the purposes of bringing them to a level of true partnership.

The Plan of mutual consultation of foreign ministries for 2014-2015 was signed as a result of the visit.

Sergey Lavrov invited Fumio Kishida to visit Moscow in the first half of 2014. This invitation was accepted with gratitude. The specific date of the visit will be coordinated through diplomatic channels.

3 November 2013

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