Japan-Russia Summit Meeting on the Occasion of the G8 Gleneagles Summit
(Summary of Results)
July 8, 2005
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi held a summit meeting with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation during his visit to Gleneagles, UK, in order to attend the G8 Gleneagles Summit. The summit meeting was held for approximately 30 minutes from 15:35 local time on July 7 (23:35 on July 7, Japan time) at the Gleneagles Hotel. The following is a summary of the meeting.
1. Schedule for Visit to Japan by President Putin
The two leaders agreed that President Putin would pay a visit to Japan from November 20 to 22 this year.
2. Bilateral Relations
The two leaders welcomed the steady progress being made in a broad range of areas in Japan-Russia relations based on the "Japan-Russia Action Plan." The two leaders affirmed to make further bilateral cooperation towards President Putin's upcoming visit to Japan.
In this context, President Putin stated that he appreciated Toyota Motor Corporation's decision to enter into the Russian market with the construction of its plant in St. Petersburg, and that the Russian government would provide maximum support for this venture.
3. Northern Territories Issue
The two leaders confirmed that although the issue of the Northern Territories is difficult issue, efforts would be made continuously towards a resolution of the issue under their political leadership, in particular through the effort of the foreign ministers and foreign ministry officials of each country.
4. Cooperation towards the 2006 G8 Summit
Prime Minister Koizumi, while expressing his indignation at the atrocious terrorist attacks in London that occurred during the Gleneagles Summit, stated that Japan would provide the maximum cooperation towards the success of the next G8 Summit, which will be held in Russia in 2006. President Putin expressed his appreciation, and the two leaders confirmed that close cooperation on all levels would be pursued to make next year's summit success.
5. Wide-ranging Bilateral Cooperation
(1) Pacific Pipeline Project
The two leaders affirmed mutual strategic importance in constructing a pipeline to Russia's Pacific coast, and affirmed that they would continue close consultations in the future.
(2) United Nations Security Council Reform
President Putin reiterated his support for Japan becoming a permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations (UN). President Putin also emphasized the importance of gaining broad consent on the draft framework resolution of the G4 countries, and indicated that if such broad consent were achieved, Russia would also provide its support. Both leaders affirmed that they would continue to work together closely towards comprehensive UN reform.
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