What is specifically being referred to here is American interference in how Japan conducts itself diplomatically with Russia as Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov prepares to visit Japan in April. Sergei Lavrov is visiting Tokyo to lay the ground work for a visit to Russia later this year of Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe. Sergei Lavrov is a remarkably articulate and formidable Russian diplomat. Those “foreign factors” mean specifically American posturing for military buildup in Japan escalating tensions in the region against North Korea and China.
Yesterday, Russia sent a diplomatic message to North Korea asking North Korea to taper their rhetoric and to calm down over their reaction to American economic sanctions. Russia does not want American influence with Japan’s decision to conduct peaceful trade with Russia and for negotiating a peaceful settlement over the Kuril Islands which Japan and Russia both claim.
Here is some really good news too leading to closer trading ties between Russia and Japan. Japan’s new news service Kyodo News is preparing to begin relations with Russia’s Sputnik news.
Foreign Factors Must Be Removed From Russian-Japanese Relations
March 14, 2016
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow believes it is important to free relations with Japan from the influence of foreign factors and agree on projects in the economic sphere, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said.
“As a whole, our position is that Russian-Japanese relations need to be freed as soon as possible from foreign factors and artificial stratifications, and to begin perspective agreements and projects in key areas in the economy and increase mutual actions in international affairs,” Morgulov told RIA Novosti.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Tokyo in mid-April in preparations for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Russia. The date of Abe’s visit has not yet been disclosed.