Ja­pan and Rus­sia hold talks on se­cu­rity

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Tokyo: The for­eign and de­fence min­is­ters from Ja­pan and Rus­sia met in Tokyo for the first “two-plustwo” talks since Rus­sia’s an­nex­a­tion of Ukraine.

The one-day meet­ing comes as the sides work to end a decades-long ter­ri­to­rial dis­pute that is block­ing them from forg­ing a peace treaty.

At the same time, Ja­pan, Rus­sia, China and other coun­tries are mulling over how best to deal with North Korea’s launches of mis­siles and its nu­clear pro­gram.

Plans by the United States and its ally South Korea to de­ploy a sta­teof-the-art mis­sile de­fence sys­tem known as THAAD, mean­while, have an­tag­o­nised Bei­jing and Rus­sia.

Of­fi­cials said the talks would largely fo­cus on re­gional se­cu­rity.

“We will of­fer our view of the de­ploy­ment of the US mis­sile de­fence sys­tem in the Pa­cific re­gion,” a Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry state­ment said.

It said joint ef­forts in fight­ing ter­ror­ism and drug traf­fick­ing were also on the agenda.

Ja­panese For­eign Min­is­ter Fu­mio Kishida be­gan talks with his Rus­sian coun­ter­part, Sergei Lavrov, while Ja­panese De­fence Min­is­ter To­momi Inada will sit down for talks with Rus­sian De­fence Min­is­ter Sergei Shoigu. The four min­is­ters will also hold joint talks on in­ter­na­tional and bi­lat­eral is­sues. — AP

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