20 March 201709:31

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the Russia-Japan consultations of foreign and defence ministers in the Two Plus Two format, Tokyo, March 20, 2017


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Mr Kishida,

Ms Inada,

The resumption of our dialogue in the Two Plus Two format in keeping with the agreement reached by our leaders following President of Russia Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan in December 2016 is evidence of our mutual desire to advance our relations to a fundamentally new level, strengthen mutual trust and deepen cooperation on global and regional security matters. 

We are convinced that this dialogue and its further development and intensification meet the interests of both countries and can be of major significance for stability in the Asia-Pacific region. We are ready for a meaningful and confidential discussion.

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