#AceWorldNews says Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to visit Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this autumn, signifying a warming of relations following an ongoing island dispute that neither wishes to stand in the way of trade.
“We have seen a good environment created that could help resolve the most difficult problem in bilateral relations,” Putin said before talks began.
Abe told a news conference in Sochi: “Japan and Russia want to solve complex problems and sign a peace treaty as soon as possible.”
The leaders will first meet again at the 40th G8 Summit, also to be held in Sochi in June.
Putin’s press secretary, Dmirty Peskov, confirmed to ITAR-TASS that the visit to Japan is scheduled for October.