Telephone Conversation between Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

June 9, 2010

  1. Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone conversation with Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, for about 20 minutes from 10 p.m. on June 9 (Thu) following Mr. Okada’s reappointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs under the new Government led by Prime Minister Naoto Kan. The telephone conversation was conducted at the request of Japan.

  2. (1) On Japan-Russia relations, Minister Okada said to the effect as follows.

    (a) The new Kan Government was inaugurated on June 8 (Tue). As Prime Minister Kan was Deputy Prime Minister under the Hatoyama Government and many Cabinet Ministers, including Minister Okada, stayed in office, there will be no major change in Japanese policies.
    (b) As for relations with Russia, Japan hopes to push forward in both political and economic fields as a whole.
    (c) Prime Minister Kan looks forward to meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the occasion of the G-8 Summit. At the ministerial level, Minister Okada would like Minister Lavrov to visit Japan at an early date for discussion on economic and political issues, including the territorial issue.

    (2) In response, Minister Lavrov said to the effect as follows.

    (a) Exactly as Minister Okada said, Russia expects that the constructive cooperation between the two countries promoted under the Hatoyama Government will be maintained and developed further in a friendly manner under the Kan Government. What Minister Okada said is completely in accordance with the approach of Russia.
    (b) Against the background of developing bilateral cooperation in security, economic and all other fields as a whole, Russia is prepared to continue constructive dialogue concerning the Peace Treaty issue based on the relationship of mutual trust.
    (c) In response to the invitation from Minister Okada, Minister Lavrov would like to visit Japan at some mutually convenient time.

  3. (1) Concerning the incident of the sinking of the Republic of Korea (ROK) naval patrol vessel, Minister Okada said that the ROK Government has responded to this issue in a calm and reasonable manner and that Japan supports the ROK on the issue. Asked about the recent dispatch of a Russian expert team to the ROK, Minister Lavrov replied that the team, dispatched at the request of the ROK leadership, had just returned and that Russia was cautiously examining and analyzing the results of the team’s investigation. Minister Lavrov added that he expected its conclusion to be obtained soon.

    (2) Following the conversation, the two Ministers agreed that Japan and Russia will cooperate and coordinate with each other through close communication concerning responses to take to the issue, including discussions at the UN Security Council.