News 12 october — 17:50

Abe, Putin to meet twice before year-end


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to hold two more meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the end of the current year, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported on Friday, TASS reports.

According to agency’s sources, the governments of the two states are now coordinating talks during the November 11-15 East Asia Summit in Singapore and on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on November 30 - December 1.

The meetings are to focus on the peace treaty problem in the context of the Russian president’s proposal to sign it without preconditions by the end of the year.

According to Kyodo, Japanese government officials fear that the Russian president’s proposal may freeze the decision-making process regarding sovereignty over the four Southern Kuril islands for an indefinite period.

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