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Elena Panina: “The State Duma assessed the prospects of Russian-Japanese relations”

New leaders are always new opportunities, and if the new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pursues a balanced and multi-vector foreign policy, then perhaps new prospects will appear in the development of relations between Moscow and Tokyo, Elena Panina, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, told RIA Novosti.

Earlier, Yoshihide Suga, Secretary General of the Japanese Government, was elected as the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Japan, who will soon become the country’s prime minister.

“New leaders are always new opportunities. Tokyo must realize that the geopolitical and economic configuration in the Asia-Pacific region has radically changed in recent years. The Cold War between the US and the PRC is gaining momentum, and blindly following in the wake of American politics while maintaining current, characterized by a certain degree of caution, relations with Russia make Japan’s position not very comfortable, “Panina said.

The deputy stressed that “it is in the interests of Japan to search for new forms of dialogue with Russia, free from the inertial ballast of the so-called” problem of the islands. ”

In addition, according to the parliamentarian, despite the fact that Japan is a parliamentary republic and the election of a prime minister “represents a complex compromise between key political and business groups of influence,” it often happened that the new head of government had his own “signature style” in politics.

“If Mr. Suga strives to meet the requirements of the times and pursue a balanced and multi-vector foreign policy, then perhaps new prospects will appear in the development of bilateral Russian-Japanese relations,” Panina stated.

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