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CCS Suga comments on Abe-Putin summit

NHK reported at noon on Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga’s comments at a news conference this morning on the Abe-Putin summit yesterday evening. Suga was quoted as saying it was good that the two leaders “were able to hold candid discussions on the outlook for Japan-Russia cooperation in various areas,” despite the apparent lack of progress on the Northern Territories issue. He went on to say, “Our assessment is that this was a great start for the bilateral relationship in 2019.” Asked for his view on Putin’s remark at the joint news conference stressing that the two nations “face a long process requiring  patience,” Suga said: “Persevering in negotiations is a very basic thing. This is not an easy issue that can be resolved immediately after a meeting,” indicating that negotiations for a bilateral peace treaty will take some time.



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