Abe and Putin talk about the Japanese-Russian territorial issue

Abe and Putin talk about the Japanese-Russian territorial issue and call a new page in the relationship between the two countries

On the afternoon of February 8, local time, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia. (Kyodo News)

China News Service, February 9th According to the Kyodo News Agency, on the afternoon of the 8th local time, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia.

Abe said at the beginning of the talks that this is his fifth meeting with Putin. “Japan-Russia relations have opened a new page and hope that this talk will promote the further development of bilateral relations.”

Putin pointed out that the trade volume between Japan and Russia has increased, and “good conditions have been created to solve the most difficult problems in bilateral relations”. He also said that Abe’s attendance at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi said that Russia attaches great importance to this and “thanks to you”.

Abe and Putin issued a joint statement after the talks in April last year, stating that “the two sides will be able to resolve the territorial dispute between the two sides.” Since the two countries failed to resolve their differences during the consultations between foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers, Abe hopes to achieve concrete progress in negotiating the territorial issue by establishing personal trust with Putin.

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