Abe-Putin Summit Not to Take Place in Nov.
Moscow, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to skip an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in Santiago in mid-November, making it impossible for bilateral talks between him and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to be held in the Chilean capital on the fringe of the major political event, it was learned Wednesday.
With an Abe-Putin meeting now unlikely to take place by year-end, the deadlock in Japan-Russian negotiations on their longstanding territorial row and the conclusion of an envisioned bilateral peace treaty is expected to deepen, political watchers said.
According to Russia's Tass news agency, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin will not attend the Nov. 16-17 APEC summit as he needs to deal with events and issues at home.
When they held talks in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East in September, Abe and Putin agreed to meet again on the sidelines of the APEC summit.
While the territorial and peace treaty negotiations have stalled due to Russia's hard-line stance, the Japanese side has hoped to promote the talks by holding bilateral summits with short intervals.
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