Russian Federation to help Japan with energy supplies
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The Russian Federation is deeply concerned about ongoing events in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami ripped through parts of Japan. Many citizens in the Russian Federation alongside the government are stepping up efforts in order to assist in any way possible. Therefore, a sense of solidarity is building up and the government and people of Russia hope to provide real support and assist the government and people of Japan.
Japan and the Russian Federation have a mixed relationship because tensions remain over the territorial dispute in the Southern Kurils/Northern Territories. Despite this, Japan and the Russian Federation are neighbors and during times of crisis then the only concern is to support each other in any way possible.
Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, made it clear that it is Russia’s moral duty to give assistance to Japan. This applies to redirecting 6,000 megawatts of electricity, supply 200,000 tonnes of liquefied gas and increase goal supplies.
Both national governments are talking deeply about the current situation and it is abundantly clear that Japan will need help in the field of energy and the closeness of the Russian Federation makes this feasible. At the same time, other proposals will take much longer and this applies to an underwater electric power line but Russia stressed that they can re-direct 6,000 megawatts of electricity relatively quickly in order to assist Japan.
Medvedev stated that “We are certainly ready to help our neighbors to deal with the consequences of this great earthquake.” Medvedev also notified the Emergencies Ministry to develop a strategy in order to help Japan and this applies to both short-term support and possible long-term energy supplies if both nations reach a consensus.
Medvedev made it clear that he is deeply concerned about the earthquake and tsunami which hit and devastated Japan. He pointed out that Russia would “……offer Japan all possible aid to cope with the aftermath of this tragedy.”
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin also stated that “Our neighbors are faced with huge grief and tragedy” and that “despite the problems we have inherited from the past” it is important that Russia does everything it can to help Japan.
During times of tragedy then bridges can be built and it is hoped that both nations will grasp this moment and form a better understanding and develop stronger ties.
(Good website for information about the disputed region)