Russia calls U.S.-Japan alliance impediment to peace treaty talks

Japan Today | March 03, 2019

Russia has stiffened its stance against advancing talks with Japan on a peace treaty, calling Tokyo's security alliance with the United States a threat and impediment to improving bilateral ties, diplomatic sources said Saturday. The position apparently reflects Russia's deteriorating relations with the United States over Washington's decision to withdraw from a Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty. It is a setback for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is seeking to resolve a decades-old territorial dispute with Moscow over four islands off Hokkaido in northern Japan and sign a broad agreement on a postwar peace treaty in June when Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to visit Japan for the Group of 20 summit.

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Phoenix’s 2013-14 Budget demonstrates the city’s commitment to the continued restoration and enhancement of important services at the lowest possible cost. It includes enhanced and restored services to the community, further strides with innovation and efficiency, and greater budgetary and financial transparency. One of our most remarkable achievements is the recent Community Opinion Survey regarding the quality of life in Phoenix. More than nine out of 10 residents, or 93 percent, said Phoenix is a good place to live, the highest rating level in the history of the survey. This is a result of outstanding leadership of the mayor and City Council and the city’s excellent employees. Satisfaction rates for top city services were analyzed, comparing survey results from 2002 to 2012. The outstanding results were that satisfaction rates increased over the last 10 years for 20 out of 26 services such as police protection, enforcing traffic laws, emergency medical services, garbage and recycling, preserving mountains and deserts, and property maintenance standards.

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