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Abe Vows to Conclude Peace Treaty with Russia

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his determination Wednesday to conclude a peace treaty with Russia after settling a territorial issue between the two countries.

“I and Russian President Vladimir Putin will put an end” to the issue, Abe said in a speech at an annual event in Tokyo seeking the return of the northern territories.

The prime minister said he aims to visit Russia in May to hold talks with Putin if he wins the Russian presidential election in March.

Abe said the Japanese government will help aging former Japanese residents of the four islands visit them more easily and accelerate work on proposed joint economic activities on the islands with Russia.

The prime minister said he is resolved to make steady progress, while taking the earnest hope of people seeking the return of the islands to his heart.Speech

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