Russia Highlights Progress in Defense Relations with Japan
Moscow, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu verified the positive running of military cooperation with Japan, despite well-known differences, in the framework of a meeting in the two plus two format, pointed out today the TV in this capital.
Shoigu said that the contact in Tokyo strengthened ties of cooperation in defense, an aspect that should in no way be left behind the dynamics of the development of political relations, he commented.
Russia and Japan face common threats in the area of security, especially those linked to international terrorism, considered this country's minister.
For his part, the head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Fumio Kishida, handed over to the Russian side a proposal plan for joint economic activity on the four southern islands of the Kuril archipelago.
Kishida noted that holding the bilateral meeting in the two plus two format (Defense and Foreign Ministers) creates a favorable atmosphere for a possible final signing of the peace treaty between the two countries, pending since 1956.
For her part, the Japanese Defense Minister, Tomomi Inada, expressed concern about the intense Russian military activity in the Kuril.
Moscow clarifies that all decisions regarding structures, facilities or constructions in the Kurils are the exclusive competence of the Russian government.
In 2015, Russia deployed TOR-M2U rocket systems on the islands, and last year placed the Bastion and Bal coastal defense complexes on the Uturup and Kemashir islands.
In addition, last February, Shoigu announced the creation of four new divisions, two of them to protect the Kuril Islands, as well as a naval base of the Russian Pacific fleet in that archipelago.
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