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Putin, Abe discuss Ukraine, agree on further dialogue

October 17, 2014, 14:09 UTC+3 MILAN
At the Asia-Europe Meeting summit, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged their opinions about continuing dialogue between Moscow and Tokyo
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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MILAN, October 17. /TASS/. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Ukraine with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan on Friday.

The two leaders “discussed, among other issues, the situation in Ukraine,” the Kremlin reported on Friday. “During the meeting, Russia’s president and Japan’s prime minister shared the opinion about a necessary further dialogue between Moscow and Tokyo.”

Japan’s Kyodo reported Shinzo Abe said during the meeting with Vladimir Putin that Tokyo hoped the Russian authorities will use their influence to make sure the truce in Ukraine is observed.

The 10-minute meeting between Putin and Abe in Milan was their first meeting since February, where Japan’s prime minister participated in the official opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

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