- Title: Lavrov says Obama tried to stop Japan improving ties with Russia
- Date: 17th January 2017
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JANUARY 17, 2017) (REUTERS) NEWS CONFERENCE BY RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "The main result of the visit was clear and firm confirmation of mutual aspiration to bring our relations to a completely new level without considering external factors and the state of affairs." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "This is very important, because we know what pressure the leaving U.S. administration applied on Japan, it tried to cause maximum damage to the possibilities for us (Russia and Japan) to build normal relations (with Japan), in order for Japanese authorities to refrain from communication with the Russian president." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "What the outgoing US administration is doing is dishonourable. I repeat that once again. In this situation it tried to take advantage of its relations with Japan, to treat its Japanese ally as the secondary, subordinate member of the international community". NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 31st January 2017 11:57
- Keywords: Russia Japan Barack Obama U.S.
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0015ZGXNBB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Obama administration tried to stop Japan improving ties with Russia and receiving President Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday (January 17).
Putin visited Japan in December.
Russia and Japan signed numerous economic deals during Putin's visit but made no big breakthrough on a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties since World War Two.
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