Abe, Putin Unlikely to Make Progress on Joint Economic Activities

Politics

Tokyo, June 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin are unlikely to make tangible progress on proposed joint economic activities on four disputed northwestern Pacific islands when they meet later this week, Japanese government sources said Tuesday.

Japan and Russia remain apart over a special framework that will not undermine the legal positions of both sides, a prerequisite for the joint economic activities on the islands controlled by Moscow but also claimed by Tokyo.

The two sides have agreed to pursue an early implementation of five priority projects under the joint economic activity program, including seafood farming. The Abe-Putin summit "will produce no results over the five areas," a Japanese government source said.

Abe and Putin are set to hold talks in the western Japan city of Osaka on Saturday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit.

The two leaders are expected to only confirm their cooperation toward an early implementation of joint economic activities.

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