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UPDATE1: Abe to pitch economic support for Russia in bid for isles row progress

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13:54 1 September 2016

TOKYO, Sept. 1, Kyodo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hoping that a pledge of Japanese economic cooperation will encourage the Kremlin to advance decades-old talks to resolve a territorial dispute and sign a post-World War II peace treaty.

In the Russian Far East port city of Vladivostok, Abe is set to discuss with Putin an eight-point Japanese economic cooperation proposal, seeking to create an environment to realize a visit by Putin to Japan by the end of this year.

Abe has also decided to establish a ministerial post overseeing economic cooperation with Russia and soon instruct Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko to concurrently take up the new portfolio, the government’s top spokesman said Thursday.

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