Abe, Putin Likely to Meet Twice by Year-End

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese and Russian governments are considering holding two more bilateral summits by the end of this year, informed sources said Friday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin would have separate talks on the sidelines of international conferences to be held in November and November-December, respectively, according to the sources.

By holding bilateral summits successively, Tokyo aims to push forward negotiations with Moscow to resolve the issue of sovereignty over four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido and conclude a peace treaty to formally end World War II hostilities between Japan and Russia.

"Upcoming talks with Putin next month or later will be very important," Abe said in a speech on Friday.

Abe and Putin are expected to participate in an East Asia summit to be held in Singapore as part of leaders' meetings related to the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations on Nov. 11-15 and in a Group of 20 summit set for Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Argentina.

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