Japan may soften Putin’s visit to the sanctions imposed because of Russian aggression in Ukraine

Япония может смягчить к визиту Путина санкции, введенные из-за агрессии РФ в Украине

Japan announced the easing of the visa regime with Russia. Such decision will be made during the talks of President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on December 15. It is reported by the Asahi newspaper, citing its sources.

Related news: EU will continue sanctions against Russia after December 15.

The publication notes that the relaxation of the visa regime is actually “softens sanctions” that Tokyo imposed against Moscow in 2014 after the occupation of Crimea. According to the newspaper, the changes will affect long-term visas, 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, which was suspended several consultations with Russia. Asahi writes that the intention of Abe to ease visa regime is connected, including, with his desire to conclude a peace Treaty. It is also associated with economic cooperation, the plan of which the Prime Minister presented to the President in may of this year.

News: Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Japan discussed sanctions against Russia

Earlier Reuters reported that the EU intends to extend sanctions against Russia for six months in connection with the conflict in Ukraine, after the EU leaders will meet in Brussels on 15 December.

Recall President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the EU confirms position on sanctions against Russia before the December summit. According to him, the summit Ukraine – the EU confirmed that the sanctions should remain until then while Russia will not comply fully with the Minsk agreement.

Earlier it was reported that the EU sanctions against Russia because of the aggression in the Donbas, in force until 31 January 2017, will almost certainly be extended for another six months, until Aug.

At the same time, Ukraine stands for the extension of sanctions once a year, not six months.