Japan-Russia Relations

June 24, 2015

On June 24, commencing at 6:30 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, President of the Russian Federation. The overview is as follows.

1. The two leaders exchanged views on Japan-Russia relations overall, and shared the view that the two countries would continue dialogues.

2. Prime Minister Abe encouraged Russia to play a constructive role in the Ukraine situation, including completely fulfilling the ceasefire agreement in order to achieve a peaceful and diplomatic solution.

3. In addition, Prime Minister Abe conveyed the concerns of Japanese stakeholders in fishery industry over the so-called “a bill banning drift-net fishing” that has passed in the State Duma (Lower House) of Russia, and requested that the traditional cooperation between Japan and Russia could continue.

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