Japanese foreign minister to visit Russia on Tuesday

Japanese foreign minister to visit Russia on Tuesday
# 17 December 2019 09:09 (UTC +04:00)

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will make his first visit to Russia on Tuesday to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin, APA reports citing TASS.

"I plan to visit Russia on December 17-21," Motegi told reporters last week. "I will hold a meeting with [Russian] Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who is responsible for the peace treaty talks. I hope for a frank dialogue for the purpose of solving the territorial issue and signing of peace treaty on the basis of the 1956 joint declaration."

Motegi said his previous two meetings with Lavrov - on the sidelines of international events in New York and Nagoya - were time-limited. This time, he hopes for a more lengthy discussion of bilateral agenda.

After a meeting with Motegi on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers meeting in the Japanese city of Nagoya in November, Lavrov said Moscow viewed the US-Japanese military and political alliance as an obstacle for signing the peace treaty. He added that Japanese colleagues had been given a list of concrete security issues, related to the Washington-Tokyo alliance and its constant buildup, which remain a source of concern for Russia.a

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