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Abe welcomes announcement on Putin’s visit to Japan in December

Several papers wrote that during a meeting on Wednesday with former Lower House member Muneo Suzuki, who is well-versed in Russian affairs, PM Abe welcomed President Putin’s decision to visit Japan in December by saying that it is a very positive message.

 

Yomiuri speculated that Moscow announced Putin’s Japan trip ahead of Abe’s visit to Vladivostok for talks with Putin with the goal of obtaining Japanese economic assistance and keeping the U.S. in check by extending overtures to Tokyo. Sankei said Russia is anxious to end its diplomatic isolation over the situation in Ukraine by courting Japan, adding that Moscow is also hoping to deepen relations with Tokyo to offset its growing economic reliance on China.  

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