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Moscow not to recall ambassador to Tokyo over Kurils row, says Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

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November 02, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russia will not recall its ambassador to Japan following a diplomatic row over the disputed Kuril Islands, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

The dispute over four of the islands, which both countries have laid claim to since they were occupied by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II, was sparked when Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Kunashir Island on Monday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Japan announced it was temporarily recalling its ambassador to Russia, Masaharu Kono.

Lavrov said Japan’s move was its own domestic affair.

“On the whole, we are puzzled by the continuing escalation of emotions from the Japanese side,” the minister said, adding that Medvedev was planning to visit another Kuril Islands.

Prior to Medvedev’s visit, Japan said the arrival of the Russian leader could complicate bilateral relations, but Russia’s Foreign Ministry rejected the comments saying Medvedev “defines the routes of trips across his country on his own.”

The visit was the first trip by a head of state of Russia or the former Soviet Union to the South Kuril Islands.

Tokyo’s continued claim over four South Kuril Islands (Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan, and Habomai) to the northeast of Japan has so far prevented Russia and Japan from signing a formal peace treaty to end World War II hostilities.

OSLO, November 2 (RIA Novosti)

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Photostream : Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski (R) and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov talk prior to their meeting on October 28, 2010 in Warsaw, ahead of a planned December visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. (Photo : JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski (R) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov prior to their meeting on October 28, 2010 in Warsaw, ahead of a planned December visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo : JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski speak at the balcony of the Palace on Water in Royal Lazienki Park during a smoke brake in Warsaw October 28, 2010. Lavrov is in Warsaw for talks with his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski, expected to include preparations for planned visit to Warsaw by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in December. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Kacper Pempel )

Indonesia, Russia agree to step up ties

 

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa arrive for talks in Moscow October 15, 2010. ( GETTY IMAGES / REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov )

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October 16, 2010 (KATAKAMI / THE JAKARTA POST) — Indonesia and Russia have agreed to use the momentum of the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties to take their cooperation to a higher level, an Indonesian embassy official in Moscow said.

The Embassy’s Counselor for Social and Cultural Affairs M. Aji Surya, said in a press statement made available to Antara in London that the agreement to step up bilateral cooperation was reached in a meeting between Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov in Moscow on Friday.

Aji Surya said the two foreign ministers agreed to focus on more substantial matters in taking their bilateral relations to a higher level.

He said the two countries agreed to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, natural disaster management and air transportation sector.

The meeting also specifically discussed the possibility of opening a direct Indonesia-Russia flight route to be served by Garuda Indonesia, he said.

“The agreement on the air transportation cooperation is expected to be signed during the 17th ASEAN summit in Hanoi next week,” Aji Surya said.

According to the Indonesian counselor, the foreign minister underscored the importance of implementing the relations in all segments, not only in the government-to-government segment but also in the business sector and in the relations of peoples of both nations.

In the meantime, according to Aji Surya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V Lavrov expressed his commitment to facilitating the opening of an Indonesian consulate general in Russia in an effort to boost both countries’ economic and trade ties.

Israel hopes Russian leader will visit this year

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (left) and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov talk to the press after their meeting in Jerusalem on June 29. Lieberman said after a meeting with Moscow's top diplomat that he hoped Russia's president or prime minister would visit the Jewish state in 2010.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (left) and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov talk to the press after their meeting in Jerusalem on June 29. Lieberman said after a meeting with Moscow’s top diplomat that he hoped Russia’s president or prime minister would visit the Jewish state in 2010.

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June 29, 2010

( FRANCE 24 / AFP )  – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday after a meeting with Moscow’s top diplomat that he hoped Russia’s president or prime minister would visit the Jewish state in 2010.

“I hope that by the end of the year there will be a visit by President Dmitry Medvedev or Prime Minister Vladimir Putin,” Lieberman said at a press conference with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Lieberman, an immigrant from Moldova whose mother tongue is Russian, said they had discussed the two countries’ “close bilateral relations and the situation in the Middle East,” without providing further details.

Lavrov said he hoped for the renewal of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians following the launch of indirect US-brokered negotiations in May.

He also welcomed Israel’s recent decision to allow more goods into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip while calling for the complete lifting of its four-year blockade of the impoverished territory.

Meanwhile, Lavrov requested an explanation from Washington regarding the arrest of an alleged spy ring, which came at a time of rapidly warming ties between the two countries.

“They did not explain what the matter is about. I hope they will,” he said, referring to US authorities.

“The moment when it was done has been chosen with a special finesse,” he said with apparent sarcasm.

Medvedev and US leader Barack Obama met in Washington earlier this month to underscore warming ties between the two Cold War adversaries.

But on Monday US authorities said they had cracked open a massive alleged spy ring, announcing the arrest of 10 “deep-cover” suspects after unravelling a mission secretly monitored by the FBI for more than a decade.

Israel hopes Russian leader will visit this year

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (left) and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov talk to the press after their meeting in Jerusalem on June 29. Lieberman said after a meeting with Moscow's top diplomat that he hoped Russia's president or prime minister would visit the Jewish state in 2010.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (left) and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov talk to the press after their meeting in Jerusalem on June 29. Lieberman said after a meeting with Moscow’s top diplomat that he hoped Russia’s president or prime minister would visit the Jewish state in 2010.

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June 29, 2010

( FRANCE 24 / AFP )  – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday after a meeting with Moscow’s top diplomat that he hoped Russia’s president or prime minister would visit the Jewish state in 2010.

“I hope that by the end of the year there will be a visit by President Dmitry Medvedev or Prime Minister Vladimir Putin,” Lieberman said at a press conference with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Lieberman, an immigrant from Moldova whose mother tongue is Russian, said they had discussed the two countries’ “close bilateral relations and the situation in the Middle East,” without providing further details.

Lavrov said he hoped for the renewal of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians following the launch of indirect US-brokered negotiations in May.

He also welcomed Israel’s recent decision to allow more goods into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip while calling for the complete lifting of its four-year blockade of the impoverished territory.

Meanwhile, Lavrov requested an explanation from Washington regarding the arrest of an alleged spy ring, which came at a time of rapidly warming ties between the two countries.

“They did not explain what the matter is about. I hope they will,” he said, referring to US authorities.

“The moment when it was done has been chosen with a special finesse,” he said with apparent sarcasm.

Medvedev and US leader Barack Obama met in Washington earlier this month to underscore warming ties between the two Cold War adversaries.

But on Monday US authorities said they had cracked open a massive alleged spy ring, announcing the arrest of 10 “deep-cover” suspects after unravelling a mission secretly monitored by the FBI for more than a decade.