Russian Government “Contributing to bilateral relations” Prime Minister Abe praising August 29, 6:31

Regarding the intention of Prime Minister Abe to resign, the Russian government said that it was "extremely disappointing," and credited him for making an immeasurable contribution to the bilateral relations. Putin is expected to pay close attention to how the succeeding prime minister will approach the peace treaty negotiations, including economic cooperation and the Northern Territories issue.

Regarding Prime Minister Abe's intention to resign, Mr. Peskov, a spokesman for the Presidential Office of Russia, said, "I am very disappointed," and said, "We will negotiate even the most difficult problems and develop bilateral relations. The way they are allowed is shared with President Putin. The two had a great relationship," he credited for making an immeasurable contribution to the bilateral relationship.

Based on the eight-item cooperation plan proposed by Prime Minister Abe, President Putin praised the progress of cooperation in a wide range of fields such as economics, medical care, and culture, and called Prime Minister Abe a "trustworthy partner." I have established a relationship.

For this reason, President Putin is likely to be interested in how much the succeeding Prime Minister will place importance on relations with Russia, such as continuing economic cooperation.

Regarding the peace treaty negotiations, what kind of attitude will the succeeding Prime Minister take, such as whether the negotiation policy based on the Japan-Soviet joint declaration that "the Habomai Islands and Shikotan Island will be handed over after the conclusion of the treaty" will be maintained? It seems that I will look closely.

Former Russian Ambassador to Japan "Japan-Russia relations stagnation or setback"

Former Russian Ambassador to Japan Panov, who has long influenced Russia's policy toward Japan, responded to NHK's telephone interview on the 28th, and based on the achievements of Prime Minister Abe, based on eight cooperation plans and the 1956 Japan-Soviet joint declaration. He called for the promotion of peace treaty negotiations and said, "Neither of these things have happened on the Japanese side."

In addition, he said, "We could not conclude a peace treaty, but we have never been to Japan and Russia so much. The effort definitely remains in the history of Japan-Russia relations."

On the other hand, he said, "Whoever will be the next prime minister will not be as tenacious as ever and will not try to solve the problem." There will be a retreat, which is sad," he said.