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Putin eager for dialogue with Kishida

Moscow, Dec. 30 (Jiji Press)–Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his eagerness to hold dialogue with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the presidential office said Thursday.


In a New Year message to Kishida, Putin said the constructive development of Japan-Russia relations will meet the interests of the people of the two countries and contribute to safety and stability in the region.


It is important to maintain bilateral dialogue despite restrictions imposed by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Putin said, while highlighting the significance of the phone talks he held with Kishida in October.


Putin has also sent a message to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


In a message to U.S. President Joe Biden, Putin said the United States and Russia bear special responsibilities for global and regional stability.


The two countries can and must promote constructive cooperation to address many challenges and threats that confront humanity, Putin said.

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