Abe Hopes to Visit Russia Early Next Year (News)
Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō Tuesday expressed his wish to visit Russia early next year to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin again.
"We have no other way than directing the territorial issue to a solution while shaping a vision of a win-win future," Abe said in a speech at a conference hosted by the Research Institute of Japan, a Jiji Press affiliate.
During their latest summit last week, Abe and Putin discussed the issue of four northwestern Pacific islands, called the Northern Territories in Japan, that have blocked the two countries from concluding a post-World War II peace treaty.
The prime minister said he hopes to accelerate the momentum toward better bilateral relations by meeting with Putin again at an early date.
"An acceptable solution would be a conclusion that both the (Japanese and Russian) people can assent to," Abe said, regarding the territorial dispute.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]