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Abe, Putin to meet in Moscow on May 26

Jiji Press MOSCOW (Jiji Press) — Yuri Ushakov, foreign affairs adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Friday that the president will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Moscow on May 26, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

Abe is slated to attend an international economic forum to be held in St. Petersburg, the second-biggest Russian city, on May 25.

During Abe’s visit to Russia, the Japanese and Russian governments are aiming to reach an agreement on the launch of joint economic activities on and around the northern territories.

In a related move on Friday, high-ranking Japanese and Russian officials held detailed talks in Moscow on five areas for the joint activities, including tourism and aquaculture.

Participants included Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Mori and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov.

Also present was Eiichi Hasegawa, special adviser to the prime minister. Hasegawa served as head of a public-private delegation that visited some of the four islands last year for research related to the joint economic activities.

After the meeting, Mori told reporters that the participants checked progress made so far and discussed how to proceed with their talks.

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