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Putin, Shinzo Abe discuss situation in Ukraine and prospects for peace treaty

November 09, 2014, 18:48 UTC+3

“The leaders exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine,” Russian president’s press secretary said

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BEIJING, November 9. /TASS/. The situation in Ukraine, work on a peace treaty between Russia and Japan and prospects for a Russia president’s visit to Japan were in the focus of Sunday’s talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

“The leaders exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine,” Peskov said. “Putin explained Russian’s position in detail.”

“Putin and Abe hope the date of the Russian president’s visit will be agreed as convenient for both sides,” he said, adding that such visit was planned for the next year.

“The sides also reiterated their readiness to continue contacts in all spheres, including in what concerns further work on a peace treaty,” Peskov noted. “Apart from that, the Russian president and the Japanese prime minister discussed a detailed list of bilateral projects of trade and economic cooperation that was drawn after the Japanese prime minister’s latest visit to Russia.”

Opening the meeting, Putin noted that in the past several years relations between Russia and Japan “has been developing successfully both in the economic and in the political spheres.” “I mean the resumption of talks on a peace treaty too,” he noted. “In this context, I am glad at an opportunity to meet with you again to jointly analyze all aspects of bilateral cooperation.”

“I would also like to exchange views on issues related to the signing of the peace treaty, and on international relations,” the Japanese prime minister said.

The Russian leader told the Japanese prime minister he had visited a festival of Japanese martial arts in Moscow on Saturday. “It is not mere sport, it is a part of the Japanese culture, which is a good basis for the development of bilateral relations,” he said.

Shinzo Abe thanked Putin for his attention to the festival. “I think that yours understanding of Japanese martial arts as a judoist means a deeper understanding of Japan. It is a big advantage for the development and strengthening of Russian-Japanese relations,” Japan’s prime minister said, addressing the Russian leader by the first name.

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