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Prime minister: Japan to continue talks with Russia on Ukraine

March 23, 2014, 8:33 UTC+3 TOKYO
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TOKYO, March 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Japan will continue talks with Russia on Ukraine, co-operating closely with partners in the Group of Seven (G7) leading world economies, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters on Sunday before departure to the Hague where on the sidelines of a nuclear security forum the G7 leaders intend to hold a meeting to discuss current crisis in Ukraine.

“We will continue talks with Russia prolonging close co-operation with the G7 states,” the Japanese prime minister noted.

On March 18, Japan has suspended talks with Russia over easier visa rules and has frozen launch of talks on possible conclusion of three agreements on investment co-operation, interaction in space exploration and prevention of dangerous military activity.

Washington has put forward an initiative to hold a meeting on Ukraine on the sidelines of a nuclear security forum in the Hague on March 24-25.The White House stated that U.S. President Barack Obama had invited his partners from Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the European Union to participate in this meeting.

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