After a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Kōno, the Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that Russia has offered Japan to remove visa requirements for travel between the countries.
"We mentioned the long-standing Russian proposal to move to a visa-free regime between the Russian Federation and Japan, starting with business and tourism trips. We assume that the dialogue will continue," said Lavrov.
Earlier, Chairwoman of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina Matvienko said that Russia is ready for further steps to ease the visa requirements with Japan. She noted that the Russian Foreign Ministry is negotiating on this matter.