Tokyo wants long-term Russian-Japanese energy cooperation program

Jun 25, 2004 02:00 AM

Tokyo is hoping to adopt a long-term program for Russian-Japanese energy cooperation, proposed by Russia, as soon as possible, Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hatsuhisa Takashima told.
"During a meeting with [Russian Foreign Minister] Sergei Lavrov, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi said she expects this document to be adopted as soon as possible," Takashima said.

A draft version of this program was recently handed over to Japan through diplomatic channels.
Russian Ambassador to Japan Alexander Losyukov told earlier that the document outlines the main principles and areas for Russian-Japanese energy cooperation and its appendixes contain descriptions of specific joint projects. In particular, the construction of a pipeline to transport Russian oil to the countries of Asia and the Pacific is of significant importance.

"It is a very large document and it needs a lot of work," Takashima said.
"The draft version of the document will be passed on for consideration to the appropriate ministries-foreign affairs and energy and natural resources," he said.

Source: Interfax
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