Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Japan’s Shinzo Abe reach agreements on trade and the Kuril islands

A U.S. Marine MV-22B Osprey aircraft crashed in Okinawa on December 13th, just two days before Russia’s Vladimir Putin’s arrival in Japan negotiating the Kuril islands, as well as Japan and Russia agreeing on Japan investing in infrastructure projects in eastern Russia. The Osprey aircraft crashed “representing a crash” between the Japanese and the Americans as Japan and Russia draw closer together? Agreements were reached on the Kuril islands which will probably be gradual economic activity by the Japanese investing in the Kuril islands where presently there are both Japanese and Russians who live on the islands. Russia requires assurances from the Japanese that they will not allow the Americans to station military assets on the islands. As a diplomatic ploy the Japanese have told both the Russians and the Americans that it would not exclude allowing the Americans to station their military there.
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Source: RT News

Putin, Abe agree on joint Russia-Japan activities on Kuril Islands

December 15, 2016

Vladimir Putin and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe have worked out a statement on the prospects of joint Russian-Japanese economic activities in the South Kuril Islands as the Russian leader arrived in Japan for what’s seen as a breakthrough visit.

The two leaders dedicated 40 minutes from their three-hour talks in Abe’s ancestral hometown of Nagato, a mountainside resort in southwest Japan, on Thursday. The time was spent to develop an agreement on joint activities on the Kuril Islands “that would be suitable to both parties,” Yury Ushakov, the Kremlin aide, told reporters.

Putin and Abe had to discuss the issue one-on-one after Russian and Japanese experts failed to agree on the wording of the statement, he added.

According to Ushakov, the statement on joint Russian-Japanese economic activities in the South Kuril Islands, which may concern fisheries, tourism, culture and medicine, will be published tomorrow.

Abe told reporters the leaders “thoroughly and frankly discussed the issues of free access to their homeland by former residents of the islands, joint economic activities between the two countries with a special economic zone on the islands, as well as the issue of a peace treaty.”

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov later stressed that the Japanese side had no objections to working in the framework of Russian law in the Kurils.

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