Japan and Russia are considering various expansions and strengthening of the current agreements both countries have on the defense side, this according to Japanese government sources. If the boosting of defense agreements between Tokyo and Moscow happens, it may mean at the very least that the defense ministers from both nations will be seeing each other more often in regular visits.
If both sides agree to the improvement of the defense agreements, it would point to more joint maneuvers by the Self-Defense Forces and the Russian armed forces. Late in 2013, Russian naval forces conducted joint exercises with the Japan’s Marine Self-Defense Forces. In light of the current tensions in the East China Sea that Japan has with China, a stronger defense agreement with Russia in the defense realm will surely be good news for Tokyo. According to the same sources, the main purpose of the move to revise the defense agreements between Japan and Russia is to ensure agreements that were reached last November in Tokyo between defense ministers of the two countries are put in writing.
After the main purpose, the measures to be added into the new memorandum will include the regular visits of each defense minister on a regular basis. They will also include the start of talks on sending Air Self-Defense Force transport planes to Russia for promoting exchanges between troops from the two countries. The countries are also agreeing to share information related to U.N. peacekeeping activities.
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