Abe aims to visit Rus­sia for talks

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe said on Tues­day he hoped to visit Rus­sia early next year to speed up talks to re­solve a ter­ri­to­rial dis­pute and con­clude a peace treaty of­fi­cially end­ing World War II hos­til­i­ties. Abe and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin met for two days of talks last week and struck eco­nomic deals but failed to achieve a break­through on the ter­ri­to­rial dis­pute over a string of is­lands. The is­lands, called the South­ern Kuriles in Rus­sia and the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ries in Ja­pan, were seized by Soviet forces at the end of the war.

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