Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Japanese plans to deploy a US missile defence system on its territory posed a threat to Russia during a press-conference with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Tokyo on Wednesday.
“With all respect to Japan’s right to choose the ways of ensuring the security of its territory, we believe that any actions of any country in this sphere should be based on the principle of the indivisibility of security,” he said.
Lavrov added that those plans “directly affect Russia’s security.”
He also confirmed a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin would take place this May in Russia.
During their talks on other topics, Lavrov and Kono discussed the possibility of visa-free regime between Russia and Japan and the security situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Both officials also exchanged views on Skripal poisoning. Lavrov expressed the hope that Tokyo would help Moscow to certify two facts of the case.
“First, where are Skripal and his daughter now. Second, why the British government has already passed a verdict, although – as the official representative of Scotland Yard stated – the investigation would take months,” Lavrov said.