Russia, Japan to hold joint anti-terrorism, anti-piracy mil exercises

TOKYO, (PNA/Itar-Tass) — Russia and Japan have agreed to hold joint anti-terrorism and anti-piracy military exercises, the first in history, and to begin consultations on the cyber-terrorism problem and step up cooperation in regional international organizations, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told a press conference on Saturday after the talks between the Russian and Japanese foreign and defence ministers.

The Russian-Japanese naval exercises to fight piracy and terrorism will be held for the first time. The navies of the two countries have organized only joint search and rescue exercises. They have been held for 13 times.

The Japanese foreign minister also noted that strengthening of cooperation between the two countries was very important for the entire region’s security. Cooperation of Tokyo and Moscow is not aimed against any other country, he stressed.

Cooperation in the security area between the two countries will contribute to the cause of peace and stability for the entire region, Kishida said.

The two countries also agreed to step up cooperation in international regional organizations, such as the ASEAN security forum and East Asia summits, he noted.

The Japanese minister expressed gratitude for Russia’s support for Japanese participation in the Geneva-2 conference.