Jun 12, 2012
Moscow is inviting Tokyo to take part in the development of the economic projects in Russia’s Siberia and Far East regions and proposing to settle the territorial dispute around the Kuril Islands by conducting a dialogue without unnecessary emotions and setting any preliminary conditions, the speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament Sergey Naryshkin, said summing up the results of his official visit to Japan. He added that the implementation of joint investment projects with Russia would help Japan ensure its energy and economic security.
As the head of the presidential administration Sergey Naryshkin visited Japan many times. This is the first time when he visits Japan in the rank of the State Duma’s chairman. During his two days visit to Japan Naryshkin opened the Russian Culture festival in Osaka and in Tokyo he met Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba, Chairman of the Political Council of Japan's Democratic Party Seiji Maehara and the representatives of both chambers of the Japanese parliament.
It is remarkable that the current meeting of the Russian politician with the Japanese authorities was held in friendly atmosphere although by tradition the parties touched upon the issue of the peace agreement between Moscow and Tokyo. Japan sets ungrounded territorial claims to Russia. According to Naryshkin the dispute around the Kuril Islands should be resolved by holding a dialogue without unnecessary emotions and without setting any conditions.
The atmosphere around the dialogue between Russia and Japan on the Kuril Islands dispute is getting more favorable, the deputy of the Japanese parliament and the chairman of the “Japan-Russia” society Kunio Hatoyama said.
"I think that we should set aside the territorial dispute for a while and focus on the development of Siberia and Far East. In this field the interests of our countries complement each other. Russia could export its natural and energy resources to Japan and Japan could take part in their development and production."
It is possible to state right now that the bilateral relations are developing quite successfully. Japan ranks 10th among Russia’s foreign trade partners. Sergey Naryshkin reminded that as of today our trade turnover had reached the pre-crisis level of $30 billion but the prospects are much wider, he added.
"Russia’s Far East and Siberia – are the regions, which are rich of natural resources. Our goal is to use them for the creation of hi-tech production facilities, which would make products with high added value. As for Japan, it could ensure its economic and energy security by taking part in our projects."
Summing up the results of his talks with Japanese politicians Sergey Naryshkin said that these talks had made it possible to secure the recent positive trends in the relations between Russia and Japan.