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Gist of Abe-Putin press conference in Tokyo

TOKYO, Dec. 16, Kyodo — The following is the gist of a press conference after talks between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tokyo on Friday.

 

Abe said:

 

— an eight-point bilateral economic cooperation plan will benefit the Russian people.

 

— joint economic activities on islands controlled by Russia but claimed by Japan should be carried out with the mutual recognition that they do not compromise either country’s legal stance on the isles.

 

— he and Putin must put an end to the abnormal lack of a bilateral peace treaty with their own hands.

 

— he and Putin have taken a great step toward solving the territorial issue, but there is still a difficult road ahead.

 

— he will attend the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok next September.

 

Putin said:

 

— the lack of a peace treaty between Russia and Japan is a negative legacy of the past.

 

— the issue of the islands cannot be solved immediately, but Russia and Japan must seek a solution.

 

— bilateral cooperation on the islands will spur negotiations toward concluding a peace treaty.

 

— Russia and Japan should stop the “historical ping-pong” of repeating their respective claims.

 

— he invites Abe to visit Russia.

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