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Sergei Lavrov will visit Japan in early March
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Japan in early March, Lavrov said at a press conference following his talks with the Japanese foreign minister, Nobutaka Machimura. "I have accepted Mr. Machimura's invitation to visit Japan in early March," said Lavrov. "We are hopeful that by then the issues dealing with the [Russian-Japanese] summit will be clarified, and we will be able to prepare documents for it," said Lavrov. "Judging by the outcome of today's talks and the meeting between the Japanese foreign minister and Viktor Khristenko, the Russian co-chairman of the inter-governmental commission, the sides will manage to coordinate the time needed for preparing the relevant documents for the summit, which will help specify the timeframe," said Mr. Lavrov. "The sides have agreed to make Vladimir Putin's visit a landmark event in bilateral relations that would bring them to a brand new level, especially this year that marks the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations," said Lavrov. "With this in mind, we have agreed to prepare for the summit and draft the relevant documents," the Russian foreign minister stressed. According to Lavrov, the talks held in Moscow on Friday focused on the Russian president's upcoming visit to Japan. Sergei Lavrov also added that the Russian-Japanese Council of Wise Men would gather for its session in Tokyo on February 2. According to Lavrov, the session would become one of the preparation stages in view of Vladimir Putin's upcoming visit to Japan. The Russian-Japanese Council of Wise Men was founded in late 2003. It is headed by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori who co-chair its sessions on a rotational basis. The Council's tasks include preparing solution proposals for the two leaders, regarding crucial issues in Russian-Japanese relations.
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