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Japan: Russian Security Council Secretary Meets With Abe in Tokyo to Discuss Arms Control

1 MIN READSep 17, 2019 | 19:27 GMT

What Happened: Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Russian Security Council, has met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo to discuss arms control and the prospects for a peace deal over the Kuril Islands, NHK reported Sept. 17.

Why It Matters: While both sides are unlikely to make tangible progress on a peace deal soon, the meeting did give the pair a chance to engage in dialogue amid an anticipated U.S. military buildup in the Asia-Pacific after Washington withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The United States is prioritizing new deployments to the region, which could include a prominent role for key allies like Japan and South Korea.

Background: Russia recently said it would respond in kind to any U.S. missile deployments in the Asia-Pacific or Europe following the collapse of the INF Treaty.

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