Japan will announce the softening of the visa regime with Russia. Such a decision will be made during the talks between President Vladimir Putin, and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 15 December. It is reported by the newspaper Asahi, citing its sources.
The publication notes that the easing of the visa regime actually "softens sanctions" that Tokyo imposed against Moscow in 2014 after the occupation of the Crimea. According to the newspaper, the changes will affect the long-term visa, the validity of which may be increased from three to five years. This will allow multiple entries into the country.
According to the publication, in case of success in the negotiations, Japan can actually reverse the decision that suspends several consultations with Russia. Asahi says that Abe's intention to ease the visa regime is connected with his desire to conclude a peace treaty. It is also related to economic cooperation, the plan of which the Prime Minister presented to the President of Russia in May this year.
Earlier, Reuters reported that the EU plans to extend sanctions against Russia for six months in connection with the conflict in Ukraine after EU leaders will meet in Brussels on 15 December.