Putin Stresses Importance of Japan-Russia Ties

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Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his readiness to deepen talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and engage in active collaboration, the Kremlin press service said Wednesday.

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"Putin stressed that it [cooperation] objectively contributes to the development of constructive bilateral relations [between Russia and Japan] and expressed readiness to continue the personal contact with Abe and active collaboration," the Kremlin's statement said.

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In 2014, the Ukrainian crisis dented Russia's relations with a number of countries, including Japan, as Moscow was accused of participating in the military conflict in the southeast of Ukraine.

In early November, Putin and Abe met briefly in the Chinese capital of Beijing to discuss cooperation between the two countries.

The two leaders agreed to continue the partnership and promote trade and economic projects. Following the meeting, Putin praised the progress in Russian-Japanese relations, which he said had improved both economically and politically.

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