Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Says Meeting With President Putin in Russia was Hopeful, Helpful — First step in resolution of island dispute that goes back to World War Two

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VLADIVISTOK, Russia — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday encouraged him that the two countries can make progress on a territorial dispute that had bedevilled relations for more than 70 years.

“Particularly regarding a peace treaty, the two of us alone had quite an in-depth discussion,” Abe told reporters after meeting Putin on the sidelines of a conference in the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok.

This encouraged him to believe the way forward to a resolution of the dispute, based on the mutual trust of the two leaders, had become clearer.

The dispute stems from Moscow’s seizure of tiny islands off Hokkaido in the final days of World War Two. The dispute has prevented the two countries from signing a treaty formally ending the war.

Abe said he plans to meet again with Putin in November in Peru on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit, and announced the date of Dec. 15 for a highly anticipated bilateral summit in Japan.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by William Mallard)

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But Kremlin sees no breakthrough in land dispute at Putin-Abe talks….

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting on the sidelines of Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, September 2, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/via REUTERS
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МOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are unlikely to advance significantly in talks over resolving the Kurile islands dispute at their meeting on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“It’s hardly worth expecting any breakthroughs as a result of today’s meeting,” he said.

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One Response to “Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Says Meeting With President Putin in Russia was Hopeful, Helpful — First step in resolution of island dispute that goes back to World War Two”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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