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Japan mulls postponing foreign minister's visit to Russia

Japan is considering having Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida visit Russia in June or later, instead of late April as initially planned, as the United States toughens its stance on Russia over the situation in Ukraine, multiple Japanese government sources said Thursday. Japan will reschedule Kishida's trip depending on whether the United States will soften the stance following Ukraine's presidential election on May 25, the sources said.

Putin to visit Japan in fall as Abe aims to enhance dialogue

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Japan in the fall, as the two countries try to resolve a territorial dispute that has prevented them from signing a peace treaty following World War II. The announcement came after the leaders met earlier in the day in Sochi, Russia, where Abe attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday in the absence of U.S. and many European leaders in protest at Russia's handling of human rights issues.

Abe, Putin likely to agree to speed up territorial talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a summit on Saturday in Sochi, where they are expected to agree the two countries should accelerate talks on a territorial dispute. The leaders are likely to confirm that Putin will visit Japan within the year, which Tokyo hopes will help give momentum to the talks as the two sides remain unable to narrow their differences significantly despite repeated contacts over the past year.

Abe meets with Putin in Sochi, aiming to speed up territorial talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday in Sochi, where they attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics the previous day, aiming to accelerate talks on a territorial dispute over islands off Hokkaido. The summit is their fifth in a year. Abe has said he wants to enhance mutual trust with Putin, which Tokyo hopes will help to resolve the long-standing dispute over the four Russian-administered islands that has prevented the two countries from signing a peace treaty since the end of World War II.

Abe to meet with Putin in Sochi, aiming to speed up territorial talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday in Sochi, where they attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics the previous day, aiming to accelerate talks on a territorial dispute over islands off Hokkaido.

Abe to meet with Putin in Sochi, aiming to speed up territorial talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday in Sochi, where they attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics the previous day, aiming to accelerate talks on a territorial dispute over islands off Hokkaido.

Japan PM genial on island dispute ahead of Putin meet

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a conciliatory tone Friday at an unusually low-key annual rally demanding the return of islands occupied by Russia, hours before he left for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Abe will attend the opening ceremony of the Games in southern Russia later Friday where he will also meet President Vladimir Putin, the latest step in an increasingly close working relationship.

China offers Russia cooperation on Japan disputes

Russia has rejected a Chinese offer to cooperate on their separate territorial rows with Japan, a report said Thursday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepared to meet President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Beijing said it would support Moscow in its decades-old dispute over the sovereignty of islands to the north of Japan in exchange for backing in its row about the ownership of an East China Sea archipelago, the Mainichi Shimbun reported.

Japan, Russia discuss historical, legal aspects of territorial row

Japan and Russia held talks Friday in Tokyo on "historical and legal" aspects of a dispute over four Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido, laying the groundwork for a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin slated for Feb. 8 in Sochi, Russia. Speaking to journalists after the meeting with his Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov, Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama declined to refer to its substance, saying that disclosing the content, even its nuance, "would only work negatively to negotiations."

Japan, Russia discuss historical, legal aspects of territorial row

Japan and Russia held talks Friday in Tokyo on "historical and legal" aspects of a dispute over four Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido, laying the groundwork for a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin slated for Feb. 8 in Sochi, Russia. Speaking to journalists after the meeting with his Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov, Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama declined to refer to its substance, saying that disclosing the content, even its nuance, "would only work negatively to negotiations."
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