Abe, Putin to Hold Talks on Thurs.
Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, aiming for progress in negotiations to conclude a World War II peace treaty between their countries.
The 27th summit between the two leaders will take place during Abe's three-day visit to Vladivostok in Russia's Far East from Wednesday to attend the Eastern Economic Forum, hosted by the Russian government.
In November last year, Abe and Putin agreed to accelerate the peace treaty negotiations based on the 1956 Japan-Soviet declaration.
The declaration calls for the handover of Shikotan and the Habomais, two of the four Russian-held northwestern Pacific islands, to Japan after the conclusion of a peace treaty.
Abe hoped to conclude the negotiations early. But no concrete progress was made until his latest meeting with Putin, held in the western Japan city of Osaka in June this year.
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