Japan and Russia hold talks on security
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