Japan-Russia ties: Putin meets Abe in Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. But the two sides didn’t sign any documents, nor hold a joint press conference after Friday’s meeting. According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Abe hailed a potential breakthrough in decades-long territorial dispute with Russia. The dispute over a set of islands, known as the Kuriles in Russia and as the Northern Territories in Japan, have prevented them from ever signing a peace treaty to formally end World War Two hostilities. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the two sides are expected to hold consultations over a peace treaty at deputy foreign ministers level in June.

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