Japan, Finland Agree On Dialogue With Russia

Japan, Finland agree on dialogue with RussiaJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto have agreed on the importance of continuing political dialogue with Russia.
They say Moscow's constructive involvement is indispensable for resolving the challenges facing the global community, including the Ukrainian and Syrian crises.

The leaders met on Thursday at Abe's office in Tokyo. They conferred for about 40 minutes. Abe is considering visiting Russia to have a summit with President Vladimir Putin.

At the onset of the talks, Abe said he wants to further promote strategic cooperative ties between Japan and Finland in such areas as security, the economy and the development of the Arctic region.

Niinisto said he wants to make efforts to strengthen bilateral relations.

Abe and Niinisto also discussed North Korea following its firing of missiles toward the Sea of Japan earlier in the day. They asserted that they will demand restraint from Pyongyang with regards to provocative actions.

The leaders also declared their commitment to the systematic use of natural resources in the Arctic and further utilization of northern sea route, the shortest possible sea passage linking Asia and Europe.
The Arctic region is drawing global attention due to the loss of sea ice as a result of climate change.