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  • Japanese Foreign Minister: Peace treaty negotiations with Russia must be accelerated

    Tokyo would like the peace treaty negotiations with Russia to be concluded as soon as possible, said Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in a press conference in Sapporo, Hokkaido, after returning from a visit to Moscow.

    The foreign minister stressed the importance of finding an arrangement that satisfies both parties.

    “We would like to conclude these negotiations as quickly as possible, taking into account the old age of the former inhabitants of the four northern islands. We must conclude …

  • Japan: it has not been possible to overcome disagreements with Russia on the Peace Treaty

    Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that it has not been possible to overcome disagreements with Russia on the Peace Treaty.

    At the same time, the Taro Kono noted that the country is strategically interested in solving the problem and "becoming real partners." The parties continue to meet regularly to this end and are "sparing no effort to negotiate."

    In return, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the agreement on the Kurile Islands could be made "only as a result of long …

  • Kremlin: Putin has no plans to meet Trump in Osaka

    Responding to a question from journalists about a possible meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Japan, the Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the preparation for it has not yet been initiated.

    "We have not planned the meeting; we did not talk about the meeting" — TASS quotes Peskov.

    At the same time, the Press Secretary of the President said that Putin's meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is due to arrive in Sochi on 13-14 May, is …

  • Japan wants to make peace with Russia in new era

    The Japanese government would like to make peace with Russia during the new era of Reiwa (“Harmony” or “Blossoming peace”) which began with Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the throne on 1 May this year, said Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

    “If possible, we would like to deal with two problems during the Reiwa era – to sign a peace treaty with Russia and to bring the citizens captured by North Korea back to their homeland,” the minister said in a TV interview.

    He added that, during the …

  • Japan scrambles fighters to intercept Russian IL-38 anti-submarine aircraft

    Japanese fighters scrambled to intercept the Russian Il-38 patrol jet over the Sea of Japan, stated the report of the Japanese Defense Ministry.

    The document presents a photograph of the Il-38 and a map with the route of the jet. The photograph shows that that the Russian jet did not violate the Japanese border.

    The IL-38 is an anti-submarine medium-range aircraft developed on the basis of the IL-18V passenger jet. It is intended for independent or joint search with anti-submarine ships for …

  • Russia delays production of 'Boeing competitor' due to US sanctions

    Russia has been forced to postpone the serial production of the passenger plane MS-21 due to US sanctions, TASS reports, citing Rostec director Sergey Chemezov. 

    “In connection with the fact that the Americans have stopped the supply of composite materials, we are transitioning to our own composite materials,” he said. As a result, the deadline for launching serial production of the MS-21 has been “shifted slightly” to the end of 2020. Earlier it was expected that the first planes would be …

  • Lavrov: Russia has no artificial deadlines for peace treaty with Japan

    Russia is not setting itself any “artificial deadlines” for signing a peace treaty with Japan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the end of the 55th Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

    “Russia has no artificial deadlines whatsoever. We are calmly explaining to our Japanese colleagues that nothing of the sort can be planned,” he said. “We will proceed on the basis of the 1956 Declaration.”

    “This stipulates an incontestable first step towards signing a peace treaty,” the …

  • Japanese fighters escort Russian bombers over the Pacific Ocean

    RIA Novosti with reference to the Ministry of Defense of Russia stated that Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighters accompanied two Russian strategic Tu-95MS bombers over the neutral waters of the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and parts of the Pacific Ocean. 

    The ministry said that the Russian Tu-95MS had a planned 15-hour flight, during which they refueled in the air. A fleet of Su-35S fighters accompanied them.

    "At certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft were accompanied by Japan’ …

  • Japanese Prime Minister Abe promises not to leave the problem of a peace treaty for future generations

    Japan's negotiations with Russia on a peace treaty should not be stopped and left for future generations, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated at the congress of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. The corresponding video was published on the party’s YouTube channel.

    “We should not hand over to future generations the problem that has not been solved during past 70 years. I am determined to solve this problem together with [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin and to continue …

  • Tokyo: establishing US military bases in the Kuril Islands is only possible with Japan’s consent

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that if the South Kuril Islands are handed over to Japan, the creation of US military bases on those islands will be possible only after Tokyo gives its consent, RIA Novosti reported, citing Kyodo News Agency.

    The United States has the right to establish military bases in Japan. However, in the case of the Kuril Islands, the deployment location must be coordinated with the Japanese government, Abe stated. 

    Meanwhile, Abe gave no answer to journalists’ …