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Russian, Japanese Diplomats Discuss Arms Control During Bilateral Talks

© REUTERS / Tomohiro Ohsumi/PoolVladimir Putin, Russia's president, and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, arrive for a working lunch at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, and Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, arrive for a working lunch at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Russian and Japanese diplomats discussed arms control and other related issues during bilateral talks on strategic stability, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and his Japanese counterpart Takeo Akiba headed the sides' delegations at the talks, the statement added.

"On August 18, the Russian-Japanese consultations on the strategic stability issues took place… A wide range of issues has been discussed with the special emphasis on the arms control and non-proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction as well as the dynamics of the situation in the security area in several regions, including Northeast Asia," the statement said.

The international cooperation between Russia and Japan has become more active over the recent years. Moscow and Tokyo cooperate in such spheres as fight against terrorism and strategic stability as well as hold bilateral consultations on a number of issues, including joint cooperation activities on the disputed Southern Kuril Islands.

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