3 Jun 2022 14:34

Russia does not mind energy cooperation with Japan, needs to keep Tokyo's unfriendly attitude in mind - Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. June 3 (Interfax) - Russia is ready for energy cooperation with Japan but will have "to keep Tokyo's unfriendly attitude in mind" while exploring the possibility of particular projects, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

"Regretfully, Japan, which is rather vulnerable from the angle of energy, has acted contrary to its interests and followed in the footsteps of the authors of restrictions on Russia," Zakharova said at a press briefing on Friday.

"As a result, multiple promising projects of LNG supply, production of new types of energy, including hydrogen, and implementation of green energy technologies for the sake of climate protection, have been endangered," she said.

"Yet again, this is the choice made by Japan, and the responsibility rests with the Japanese government. We stand ready for constructive cooperation with Japan in the energy field, as we realize our responsibility in this area," Zakharova said.

"Clearly, we will have to keep the unfriendly stance of Tokyo in mind while making decisions on the fate of energy projects," she said.

"The demand for energy will be growing fast in the Asia Pacific region," Zakharova said.

"Hence, many countries are interested in using mutually advantageous cooperation with Russia to build a stable basis for reliable energy supply and to strengthen national energy security," she said.

Russia believes "Tokyo is capable of understanding our premise correctly," Zakharova said.