Japan-Russia Summit Likely to Take Place in Moscow on Jan. 21

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin are likely to hold talks in Moscow on Jan. 21, a senior Japanese government official said Sunday.

The Japanese and Russian governments are now in the final phase of discussions to fix the summit schedule.

According to the official, who declined to be named, Abe will be able to fly to Moscow for the bilateral summit before attending the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum to be held in Switzerland on Jan. 22-25.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, are planning to have talks in the Russian capital on Jan. 14 to pave the way for the Abe-Putin meeting, which may push forward bilateral negotiations to resolve the longstanding territorial row between the two countries to conclude a peace treaty to officially end their World War II hostilities.

The Moscow summit will follow the two leaders' talks in Singapore in mid-November and in Buenos Aires earlier this month.

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