Japan, Russia's 2 plus 2 meetings held in Tokyo
NHK -- Mar 21
The foreign ministers of Japan and Russia have confirmed plans for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Russia in late April for talks with President Vladimir Putin.

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov took part in the so-called "2-plus-2" meetings in Tokyo on Monday. Defense ministers Tomomi Inada and Sergei Shoigu were also present.

The ministers agreed to call on North Korea to refrain from further provocations and adhere to UN Security Council resolutions. They agreed to work closely and exchange opinions.

They also decided to promote bilateral cooperation to address terrorism and illegal drugs.

The Russian side proposed to hold the next round of discussions in Russia.

The 4 jointly met reporters. Kishida hailed the talks which he said helped build bilateral trust despite worsening regional security.

来月の日ロ首脳会談に向けて、領土問題の協議などを加速させます。 岸田外務大臣:「4月下旬に安倍総理が訪ロし、プーチン大統領と会談することを確認し、首脳会談に向け準備を加速することで一致しました」 日ロ外相会談では、来月下旬に日ロ首脳会談を行うことで合意しました。
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