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    Vladimir Putin hopes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Russia on May 6 will help further develop the ties between the two countries.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The development of relations with Japan is one of Russia’s foreign policy priorities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

    “We support the active political contacts on all levels. The development of multi-planned dialogue with Japan is one of our foreign policy priorities. I’m counting on the planned visit of [Prime Minister] Shinzo Abe on May 6 to provide for the expansion of Russian-Japanese relations on the basis of mutual benefits and taking into account the interests of each other,” Putin said while addressing foreign diplomats at the Kremlin.

    Moscow and Tokyo have not signed a peace treaty after WWII. Despite that, the countries cooperate in many fields.

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