Original title: foreign media said Tokyo and Moscow still distrust each other: Japan Russia "2+2" talks ended without result.
Japanese defense minister Onodera Inori, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, Japanese Foreign Minister Kawano Taro and Russian Defense Shoigu (from left to right) attended the "2+2" talks between Russia and Russia in Moscow in July 31st. (Agence France-Presse)
Reference News Network August 2 daily foreign media said that in July 31st, Russia and Japan "2+2" talks were held in Moscow. The foreign ministers and defense ministers of the two countries have mutually assured that they are ready to develop relations and solve "regional and global security issues". But Moscow and Tokyo did not make a statement that their differences had been alleviated. Japan, as always, opposes Russia's strengthening of its military presence in the South Thousand Islands. Moscow questioned Tokyo's attitude towards the DPRK issue.
According to the Russian Businessman on August 1, on July 31, the two foreign ministers and defense ministers met separately, and then gathered in a "2 + 2" mode. In a bilateral talks with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, Japanese Foreign Minister Kawano Taro said, "I want to open a public exchange of views on bilateral relations, especially the conclusion of a peace treaty." He cautioned that the two sides had not been able to sign the above-mentioned documents for more than 70 years due to territorial disputes surrounding the South Kuril Islands.
At the same time, Kawano pointed out that he wanted to explore the "joint development of the four islands". The problem is disturbing both sides. West Leo Leigh Geoff, director of the Department of Orientalism, University of International Relations in Moscow, said the Japanese side has not yet shown strong political will in the development of the South thousand island islands. The experts said: "in the three years after Prime Minister Andouble's announcement of the Russian development cooperation plan, the two sides were just moving around, even returning to the previous situation: no interest in each other. The Japanese have no immediate desire to invest in disputed territory. Only if the investment helps to recover the South Kuril Islands, will the Japanese be satisfied. But it won't happen. So at present, the cooperation agenda is seriously shrinking. "
Reported that Japan's defense minister Oeno Temple in the Five Codes also from the perspective of strengthening Russian military presence to mention the South Thousand Islands issue. Earlier, Tokyo repeatedly criticized Russia's military construction program in the South Kuril Islands and its exercises in the region. Judging from Lavrov's statement at the press conference, he resolutely disagreed with Onokazu's five position.
At the same time, Japanese government sources also cited another reason Moscow and Tokyo still do not trust each other - the differences over North Korea's nuclear issue. At the press conference, the ministers only said: "agreed to continue to work together to achieve the common goal of the two countries, namely, denuclearization of North Korea." But topics such as pressure on Pyongyang to impose sanctions have been sidestepped, and Russia does not believe that Japan is right to maintain maximum harshness toward Pyongyang.
Relevant to the topic is another pain in bilateral relations, the U.S. deployment of global anti-missile system components in the Asia-Pacific region, the report said. From the press conference's statement, the two sides still retain their respective positions. Lavrov said, "once again, draw the attention of the Japanese side to the concerns expressed by Russia." The Oeno Five Principles "once again explain to Russia: the anti-missile system does not pose a threat to Russia - it is only a purely defensive system."
The Japanese government sources said: "Moscow does not understand Tokyo's concern about the North Korean threat, saying that the two small anti missile systems would really be used to deal with the Russian nuclear arsenal. Because of Moscow's position on the DPRK issue, we are unable to carry out constructive dialogue at present.
According to Reuters on July 31, Japan's defense minister, Oeno Abbey, said on the same day that Tokyo had asked Russia to reduce its military activities in the disputed islands. Earlier, Moscow added forces to the region to deal with the potential threat Russia considers.
Reported that the archipelago in Russia is known as the South Kuril archipelago, in Japan is known as the four northern islands. Because of the territorial dispute triggered by the islands, Moscow and Tokyo have not yet signed the peace treaty marking the end of World War II.
It was reported that Russian Prime Minister Medvedev approved the deployment of a fighter plane on an island in the above disputed islands in February, and thus accelerated the process of militarization of the region. This happened against the backdrop of Japan's deployment of the US Aegis missile system, resulting in tight relations between Moscow and Tokyo.
Moscow also deployed the newest missile defense system to the archipelago and planned to build a naval base.
Reports said that Onokazu temple and Russian Defense commander Shoigu met in Moscow, said after the deployment of the land based "Aegis" ballistic missile system is only to defend Japan, and does not pose any threat to Russia.
Russia fears that Japan will allow Washington to use its territory as a base for US military buildup in North Asia under the pretext of confronting North Korea.
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