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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.

Japan, Russia cannot make rapid progress on territorial row: Aso

Diplomatic negotiations on a long-standing territorial dispute between Japan and Russia are unlikely to move forward swiftly, despite Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to resolve it, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday. "I don't think we are in a situation where we can make rapid progress on the territorial issue," Aso said at a press conference, noting that the state of ties is such that the two countries have not been able to conclude a peace treaty since World War II.

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, 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."

Japan, Russia hold talks on territorial row

Officials from Japan and Russia held talks Friday in Tokyo on 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. Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama represented Japan, while the Russian delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov. The meeting follows similar talks last August in Moscow.
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