Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok on the sidelines of the Eastern economic forum, announced the date of the meeting with the Russian leader, which should break the deadlock in negotiations over the Kuril Islands and sign a peace agreement. It will take place on 15 December in the Japanese Prefecture of Yamaguchi, reports TASS.

“We agreed to hold a meeting in Yamaguchi Prefecture on December 15. I would like to have a dialogue on the issue of concluding a peace Treaty in a calm and quiet environment,” said Abe at the meeting with Putin. He also added that he expects to meet with the Russian leader in November at the APEC summit in Peru.

“Thanks to the new approach, the negotiations began to move in a particular key. I distinctly felt it,” – said the Japanese Prime Minister.

On 2 September before a meeting at the economic forum, Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov saidthat Moscow and Tokyo are “in the way of specificity” and start filling plan for economic cooperation of eight items, which Abe gave Putin during talks in Sochi in may 2016. Then, we will remind, the Prime Minister of Japan announced a “new approach” to solving the more than half a century of problems, but details were not given.

Earlier Vladimir Putin declared intention to find a solution on the Kuril Islands is a chronic problem, harming relations with Japan. However, he again stressed that “we do not sell territories” and that Russia “would very much like to find a solution to this problem with our Japanese friends.” That “we’re not selling anything”, the Russian President said after the may meeting with Abe.

Russia and Japan for many decades trying to work out a peace Treaty, which prevents the territorial dispute over the South Kuril Islands. After the may negotiations experts have suggested that Tokyo might use to strengthen economic ties with Russia as bait, which is going to strengthen its position to China and to return the disputed Islands. While skeptics believe that Putin will not give up territory, which, according to him, are part of Russia in the Second world war.

Putin and Abe discussed cooperation in energy and the lifting of financial constraints

As for meeting at the forum in Vladivostok, Putin and Abe discussed the possibility of participation of Japanese companies in various energy projects. In fact, the meeting was presented the plan of cooperation of Russia and Japan in the energy sector.

Minister of energy Alexander Novak told what interviewed the leaders of States. “We discussed projects and those that already exist and those that will in the future be worked on. It’s all about additional projects – the construction of the third phase and part in the financing of Japanese companies. As a possibility, as an option is “Sakhalin-2″, the third stage of “Yamal LNG”, the supply of additional volumes of LNG (Japan)”, – he said.

According to Novak, Putin and Abe also discussed cooperation in the field of renewable energy, including the construction of a geothermal plant. “This is a nuclear power, a joint venture for the production of equipment,” – said the Minister.

“In fact there was a plan, a list of these projects. Basically they are all new, of course. They require a special study, more carefully this entire procedure, the process,” concluded Novak.

The Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev, in turn, said that Russia and Japan have advanced in the issue of lifting restrictions on financing of projects in Russia from Japan. It is first and foremost about the partnership of the Russian direct investment FUND with the Japan Bank for
for international cooperation (JBIC), said the Minister.

“During the Russian-Japanese meeting we’re pretty far advanced on the specificity of the plan, which was discussed in Sochi, got the answers to our investment proposal,” said Ulyukayev. – We are moving towards lifting restrictions lending projects
which, unfortunately, exist for Japanese business. It is expected a more active participation of the Bank JBIC.



Became known date of Putin’s visit to Japan, during which can move from the dead point of the dispute about the Kuril Islands 03.09.2016

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