Pointing to Japan’s close defense relationship with the United States, a Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman yesterday denied that Tokyo was considering the purchase of Russian arms. (Itar-Tass, April 30) His comments followed three days of talks in Moscow between top Russian Defense Ministry officials and the head of Japan’s National Defense Agency. Newspaper reports had suggested during the talks that Japan might be interested in Russian MiG-29 and Su-27 jet fighters. (Itar-Tass, April 29)
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