Russia: Japan makes 'significant contributions' to ISS work — Putin

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was received by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Saturday. Abe arrived to Moscow after attending the Saint-Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) alongside Putin. The Japanese prime minister noted that following the election results, all the plans are to be implemented, before adding, «I am ready to enhance extensively our... Еще cooperation with you now.» Following the bilateral talks, the Russian and Japanese leaders held a video conference with the International Space Station (ISS) crew, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai. Putin stressed that Japan «is making significant contributions to the work of the International Space Station. Not only Japanese astronauts are working in space but also a wide range of research is being carried out by Japanese scientists.» In turn, Shkaplerov said that «2018 is a year of cultural exchange between Russia and Japan,» adding that cultural exchange «facilitates mutual understanding between our nations.»

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