MOSCOW – Nikolai Patrushev, an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin and secretary of the country’s Security Council, will visit Japan from Monday through Sept. 6, diplomatic sources told Jiji Press on Tuesday.
Patrushev is expected to meet with Japanese government officials including Shotaro Yachi, head of the secretariat of the National Security Council, to coordinate the agenda for a Japan-Russia summit to be held on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Sept. 6-7.
Tensions over North Korea are also expected to be discussed in talks between Patrushev and Japanese officials.
The focus of the upcoming summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Putin will be about reaching an agreement on specific joint economic projects planned for four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido that are also claimed by Japan.
Uncertainties remain, however, over whether an agreement can be reached after Russia’s recent unilateral designation of the disputed islands as a special economic zone.
Before coming to Japan, Patrushev will visit South Korea on Sunday and Monday to hold talks with Chung Eui-yong, the head of the National Security Office.