Abe to Discuss Territorial Row with Putin in Singapore


Tokyo, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will discuss a bilateral territorial dispute with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Singapore, the first stop of the Japanese leader's five-day Asia-Pacific tour from Wednesday.

The focal point of the bilateral summit meeting is placed on whether Abe can make any progress in negotiations on the dispute over four Russian-held northwestern Pacific islands claimed by Japan, observers said.

Abe will attend summit meetings related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore that will be held between Sunday and Thursday and a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea on Nov. 17-18. He will also visit Australia.

At an economic forum in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok in September, Putin proposed, in the presence of Abe, that Tokyo and Moscow sign a peace treaty by the end of this year without any conditions, expressing a stance of postponing a solution to the territorial dispute.

Abe told Putin that Japan cannot accept the offer when the two watched a judo competition held soon after the economic forum.

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