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Abe, Putin to meet on Sept. 5

Asahi reported on Saturday that the Russian presidential office announced on Friday that President Putin will meet with Prime Minister Abe to discuss a bilateral peace treaty on Sept. 5 on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum to be held in Vladivostok on Sept. 4-6.

 

In a related story, today’s Sankei front-paged the disclosure by a source involved in Russo-Japanese relations that the Russian government decided in January against “rushing to hold territorial negotiations” with Japan even though Putin agreed with Abe only two months earlier to accelerate bilateral talks to resolve the Northern Territories dispute. The Russian leader reportedly embraced the alleged decision. The daily attributed Moscow’s reluctance to hold territorial talks with Tokyo to a plunge in public approval of the Putin administration and mounting opposition among the Russian people to the possibility of the four disputed islands being handed over to Japan.

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