Putin and Abe agreed on joint actions in the South Kuril Islands

Putin and Abe agreed on joint actions in the South Kuril Islands

On the Southern Kuril Islands to the Japanese delegation of business and government officials to assess the prospects for joint economic activities on the Islands, said following the talks, President Putin and Prime Minister Abe.

Kuril economy

During the meeting they discussed “topics of joint economic activity” of Russia and Japan on the Kuril Islands, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin after talks in the Kremlin with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. About the beginning of cooperation in the Kuril Islands, the leaders agreed in December 2016 during the first ten years of Putin’s visit to Japan.

In the near future will generate a list of priority projects, Putin said.

To study specific interactions in the Southern Kuril Islands will arrive a group of Japanese businessmen, the Russian President said.

Abe, in a press statement following the talks, expressed hope that the visit of businessmen and officials will take place before the end of may. One of the topics of collaboration will be the farming of fish and sea urchins, said the Japanese Prime Minister.

During the December visit of Russian President promised to think about how to facilitate a visit to the Kuril Islands former residents who reside in Japan. Russia will provide direct flights to those who previously lived on the Islands to visit the graves of their ancestors, said following the talks, Putin. According to Abe, this flight will be organized for the first time. The Japanese leader hopes that “on a fine June day” the citizens of Japan can visit Kunashir and Iturup.

Also need to open a second checkpoint for Japanese nationals on the island. Abe expressed hope that he will dig near the Islands of Habomai already August.

The problem of the peace Treaty were discussed, said both leaders. However, no specifics added.

The solution must satisfy both parties and accepted by the societies, reiterated its previously stated position Putin.

Abe expressed hope that he and the Russian President will be able to reach such a decision.

Japan will also take part in the exhibition “Innoprom” in Yekaterinburg in 2018 and the Eastern economic forum in September this year. The forum will be Abe, there will be another meeting him and Putin.

Pyongyang has called for restraint

According to Putin and Abe, a significant part of the negotiations took the discussion of international issues. They discussed issues of cooperation in the UN security Council, separately addressed the situation on the Korean Peninsula, which “seriously degraded,” said Putin, “we Call on all to refrain from militant rhetoric. You need a speedy resumption of six-party talks,” said Russian President.

Japan and Russia will continue to cooperate closely and to refer the DPRK to refrain from further provocative actions. We seriously debated as Japan and Russia should cooperate in international subsistenz Abe

Before the talks in Moscow, the leaders met in the Japanese city of Nagato in December 2016. Only Putin and Abe 2012 met 17 times.

In recent years Russia and Japan have agreed to strengthen economic cooperation in order to bring relations between the two countries to a new level. In December last year, the Russian direct investment Fund (RDIF) and Japan Bank JBIC agreed to establish a common Fund to support investment of about $1 billion.

Within the December meeting agreement was reached on the sale of 10% of the Russian pharmaceutical group “R-Pharm” to the Japanese company Mitsui. At a meeting in Moscow on 27 April, the agreement was signed. According to the Chairman of the Board “R-Pharm” Alexey Repik, the amount of the transaction is approximately $200 million.