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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tokyo Aviation Talks

TOKYO () -- Japan and Russia started three-day aviation talks in Tokyo on Wednesday, focusing on Moscow's request for approval for Aeroflot to fly to the northern city of Sapporo, Transport Ministry officials said.

Jiji Press and other news reports said Tokyo was unlikely to permit Aeroflot to use the airport on the northern island of Hokkaido because of opposition from the Defense Agency, which cites security reasons. If Japan rejects Russia's request, Russia in turn is expected to block Japan's bid to open a new route from the central city of Nagoya to Amsterdam via Siberia, Jiji said.