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Japan-Russia Strategic Dialogue Participants to Discuss N Korean, Syrian Issues

© Sputnik / Konstantin Salomatin / Go to the photo bankThe plane of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at Pulkovo Airport, St. Petersburg
The plane of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at Pulkovo Airport, St. Petersburg - Sputnik International
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Syrian ceasefire and the Korean peninsula situation will be discussed at the new round of strategic bilateral dialogue between Moscow and Tokyo, Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama said.

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, attends a working lunch with Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, (not pictured), at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, December 16, 2016. - Sputnik International
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TOKYO (Sputnik) — The agenda of the new round of strategic bilateral dialogue between Moscow and Tokyo, which kicked off earlier on Thursday, will include exchange of opinions regarding the situation in Syria and on the Korean peninsula, Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama said.

"We should discuss the issue of the peace treaty and elaborate on economic cooperation plan amid positive trends in Japan-Russia relations and within preparations for [Japanese] Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe's visit to Russia in late April. I want to hold a frank exchange of views on a wide range of issues, including international ones, and to discuss the North Korean problem, Syria and the situation in Europe," Sugiyama said at the beginning of the meeting.

The current round will make a significant contribution to the development of bilateral relations, and it reflects the positive dynamics of the Japan-Russia collaboration, Sugiyama noted.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) shakes hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the start of their meeting as a part of Japan-Russia foreign and defence ministers meeting called two-plus-two at Iikura guest house in Tokyo, Japan March 20, 2017. - Sputnik International
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On Wednesday, Japanese Kyodo news agency reported, citing sources, that the meeting between Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin might be scheduled for April 27-28.

The 13th round of strategic dialogue between Moscow and Tokyo follows the meetings between the Russian and Japanese foreign and defense ministers held in Tokyo on March 20.

Relations between Japan and Russia have recently re-vitalized, as in September 2016, Abe took part in the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia's Vladivostok, during which he held a three-hour talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin and presented the bilateral economic plan covering issues of cooperation in the sphere of gas, oil, aviation and port modernization.

In December 2016, Putin visited Japan and held a meeting with Abe. As a result, both sides agreed to begin developing economic cooperation in the disputed southern Kuril islands in order to create conditions for negotiations on a peace treaty between the countries.

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