Russian President Vladimir Putin considers it possible to increase the trade turnover between Russia and Japan in the coming years to $30 bln.
«If we talk in general, the cooperation between Russia and Japan is moving positively on the economic track, and there are obvious achievements. However, in our common opinion with Shinzo Abe, a qualitative shift has not yet occurred, and the potential of cooperation between the two countries is not fully explored. Therefore we have discussed the idea of developing more ambitious plans to expand economic ties in key areas, from trade to investment and technological cooperation,» Putin told reporters after the talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
According to Putin, «in the near future it would be possible to set a goal to increase the trade turnover between Russia and Japan 1.5-fold — at least up to $30 bln,» TASS reported.
Abe said Japan and Russia have agreed to organize another charter flight to the Kuril Islands in the coming summer so that their former inhabitants could visit their ancestors’ graves.
«Humanitarian measures for the former inhabitants of the islands play a great role in the establishment of an atmosphere of trust between the two nations on their path to a peace treaty. At the meeting, we agreed to organize a charter flight this summer so that these people could visit their ancestors’ graves,» Abe said.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Cono and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold the next round of negotiations in February of this year, most likely in Munich during the international security conference, the Japanese Prime Minister stated after the talks.
«President Putin and I welcome the fact that last week, concrete negotiations between the foreign ministers have started in accordance with our agreement with the president to speed up the negotiation process on the peace treaty based on the [Soviet-Japanese] Joint Declaration of 1956. We instructed our ministers to hold the next round of talks in February of this year, for example, during the Munich Security Conference,» the Japanese PM said.