MOSCOW, August 28. /TASS/. The Kremlin hopes that Shinzo Abe’s successor as Japanese prime minister will continue boosting ties between Moscow and Tokyo, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday.
He underlined that Abe and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have "brilliant working relations, the Russian president appreciates it."
"It is regrettable that Shinzo Abe decided to step down as Japanese prime minister. We hope that his successor will continue developing the Russian-Japanese ties further," he added.
According to Peskov, Abe "made an invaluable contribution to the development of the bilateral relations, while his commitment to resolving all contentious issues, even the most complicated ones, solely through talks and furthering ties in the spheres of mutual interest are fully shared by the Russian president."
The spokesman added that the Kremlin wishes Abe "a speedy recovery from the health condition he spoke about."
Shinzo Abe announced Friday his resignation as prime minister, citing health concerns. He explained the decision, saying, "A politician cannot allow mistakes caused by his poor health."