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Prime Minister Abe welcomes Putin’s reelection

Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that Prime Minister Abe spoke by phone for 20 minutes with Russian President Putin on Monday, congratulating him on his reelection and calling for his cooperation in resolving the Northern Territories issue. The two leaders also agreed to cooperate on implementing joint economic activities in the Northern Territories and denuclearizing North Korea. Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ welcomes Putin’s reelection to a fourth term in the hope that this will make it easier for the Russian leader to make a “political decision” on the Northern Territories because his political base has been strengthened.

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