The message reads, in part:
“I note with satisfaction the positive development of relations between our countries, as well as the expansion of constructive dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields.
I am confident that further expansion of the whole range of Russian- Japanese relations in the spirit of true partnership is in the fundamental interests of our nations and consistent with promoting stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region.
I take this opportunity to warmly congratulate you on the coming New Year. I wish you health, happiness and all the best, and welfare and prosperity to the friendly people of Japan.”