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Japan, Russia agree to enhance military co-operation

21 March 2017

The defence ministers of Japan and Russia have agreed to deepen bilateral military co-operation in a bid to better deal with regional security challenges such as North Korea's growing military threats.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Moscow released a statement quoting Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu as saying on 20 March that "the plan of co-operation between the Russian and Japanese military departments includes more than 30 different joint activities in 2017", and the MoD in Tokyo stated that joint search-and-rescue exercises will be part of those activities.

The agreement was reached as part of "two-plus-two" talks held in Tokyo between the foreign and defence ministers of both countries.

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