The visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan has been agreed and will take place on 15-16 December. The journalists said Thursday the assistant to the Russian President Yuri Ushakov. According to him, the sides will focus on discussing economic cooperation, during the talks on November 19 in Peru in the framework of the APEC summit Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could discuss the peace Treaty between the two countries and expansion of cooperation of Moscow and Tokyo to the Kuril Islands.

How said Ushakov, Putin and Abe this year has already held two meetings – in Sochi and in Vladivostok. The bilateral dialogue between Russia and Japan intensified at different levels, said assistant to the President, quoted by TASS.

Thus, the head of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko visited Japan in early November. With Japanese colleagues and maintains close contacts foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Consultations on the security Council. Last Tuesday, held a meeting of intergovernmental Commission headed by Russian first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, and with Japanese foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. 3 November in Moscow hosted the first meeting of the working group high-level issues of strengthening cooperation between Russia and Japan.

The key, according to Ushakov, in relations between Moscow and Tokyo is the theme of trade and economic cooperation. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in may during a visit to Sochi announced a cooperation plan, which included eight promising areas of bilateral cooperation. Russia for its part gave a counter-list of proposals during his visit to Tokyo in July, the former Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev recently arrested on suspicion of receiving a bribe in 2 million dollars.

Shortly before his arrest, on 3 November, Ulyukayev held talks in Moscow with economy Minister of Japan, Hiroshige Seko, which the government of Japan also holds the post of Minister for cooperation with Russia in the field of Economics. In the end the parties agreed in mid-December to give priority to work 30 joint projects in the economic sphere. In addition, the parties discussed eight areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Presidential aide Yury Ushakov at a press briefing explained that the list provided by the Russian side to the Japanese, originally consisted of 49 priority projects, then the number increased to 58. Then, according to him, was created a unified list of the approximately 90 projects and during the intergovernmental meeting on 15 November agreed a joint work plan.

Moscow assured that the arrest of the speaker will not influence the course of negotiations with Japan, reports “Interfax”. “This position, of course, involved in bilateral contacts. The Ministry of works, as mentioned by the Russian leadership, and will work consistently. Therefore, all that needed to be done by this Agency will be done” – said the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry, Maraia Zakharova on Thursday. Informed the Secretary General of the Japanese Cabinet Yoshihide Suga, commenting on the arrest of the speaker, said that the government of Japan is concerned that it will affect the progress of Russian-Japanese talks on economic cooperation.

The Kuriles and peace Treaty Putin and Abe can discuss at the APEC summit

In September, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe then met with Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok at the Eastern economic forum announcedthat the negotiations with the Russian leader will take place on 15 December in the Japanese Prefecture of Yamaguchi. It was noted that the visit needs to move the stalled negotiations over the Kuril Islands and sign a peace agreement.

Since then, the Japanese press has repeatedly published predictions on the possible development of the situation. In particular, the Agency Kyodo reportedthat the Japanese government is allegedly considering the possibility of signing a peace Treaty with Russia during Putin’s visit without compulsory transfer of the disputed “Northern territories” – four southern Kuril Islands that the Soviet Union after the defeat of Japan in world war II.

However, the Japanese foreign Ministry immediately denied this information, noting that the position of the official Tokyo has not changed: the authorities are pursuing a solution to the question of affiliation of all the four Northern Islands and concluding on this basis a peace Treaty.

The return of the Kuril Islands Habomai, Shikotan, Kunashir and Iturup Tokyo previously postulated as a prerequisite for the conclusion of a peace Treaty with Russia, which after the Second world war and was not signed. Moscow’s position is also unchanged is that the southern Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war. Moscow proceeds from the fact that Russian sovereignty over the Islands, having the appropriate international legal formalization, can not be questioned.

The Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said Thursday that Putin and Abe before the December visit of the President of Russia to Japan, on Saturday, November 19, at the summit of the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation (APEC) in the capital of Peru Lima can discuss a peace Treaty and cooperation in the Kuril Islands, reports RIA “Novosti”.

“Naturally, in the course of the meeting in Lima will be discussed directly with the agenda of the upcoming talks in Japan. And probably will be affected by the issue of a peace Treaty and the topic of expanding cooperation between Russia and Japan in the Kuril Islands,” – said Ushakov at a briefing in Moscow.

“Rosneft” and “Gazprom” on the eve of the meeting between Putin and Abe in Peru continued negotiations with the Japanese partners for joint projects in extraction and processing of hydrocarbons, also said Ushakov, quoted by “Interfax”. This subject the leaders of the two countries can raise in Peru and continue to be discussed during Putin’s visit to Japan. “We are considering options for the construction of energy bridge “Russia-Japan”, there are good prospects in the sphere of peaceful atom,” – said the assistant of the head of state.

As reported, Vladimir Putin in the end of the week will participate in the 24th summit of heads of state and government of the APEC forum in Lima. At the summit Putin will hold several bilateral meetings, including meet with the Japanese Prime Minister.

The Kremlin announced the date of Putin’s visit to Japan and topics that will be discussed 17.11.2016

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