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Moscow is ready to continue relations with Tokyo, but "the puck on the side of Japan" - Putin

Moscow is ready to continue relations with Tokyo, but now the initiative is on the side of Japan. Russian President Vladimir Putin said this, responding to journalists' questions after the visit to Italy.

“In recent years, our relations with Japan have developed progressively both in economic terms and in the political process, including in the search for a solution to the settlement associated with a peace treaty. But it was not on our, unfortunately, initiative that the Japanese side froze practically all contacts at the political level. This is not our choice, we are ready to continue relations with our Japanese friends, but the puck, as we say, is on the side of Japan, ”the Russian president said.

He also said that Russia is currently expanding contacts with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and, above all, for economic reasons. “This is due to the fact that we have been operating in this direction for a long time, bearing in mind the pace of economic development in the Asia-Pacific region. It would be foolish not to take advantage of China’s economic growth, or the high technological capabilities of Japan, or our long-standing and good relations with the Republic of Korea, bearing in mind that we have no less friendly relations with North Korea, and we could play a certain mediation role in resolving conflicts between the two countries of the Korean Peninsula. We are interested in this, because we are neighbors of Korea. Therefore, this trend has long been selected. And we are moving on it, I repeat, not for political reasons, ”explained Vladimir Putin. 

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