Abe Leaves for Vladivostok, to Meet with Putin Thurs.

Politics Economy

Tokyo, Sept. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Vladivostok on Wednesday, set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday for discussions mainly on a longstanding territorial row between the two countries.

A government jet carrying the Japanese leader departed from Tokyo International Airport at Haneda in the early afternoon.

During the stay in the Russian Far East city, Abe will attend an Eastern Economic Forum meeting, to be held for three days through Friday.

At the meeting with Putin, Abe will aim to break the impasse in bilateral negotiations on the territorial dispute over four Russian-controlled northwestern Pacific islands claimed by Japan and the conclusion of a bilateral peace treaty. This will be the 27th Abe-Putin summit.

"Progress has been steadily made on preparations for implementing joint economic activities on the islands," Abe said at the prime minister's office ahead of his departure. "I want to have heart-to-heart talks with President Putin in order to advance the peace treaty negotiations to the next phase."

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