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Updated: 05/27/2018 01:19:00AM

Putin and Abe discuss Kuril Islands, WWII peace treaty

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center left, are seated during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, enters a hall for the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall for his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gesture as they address the space crew of the International Space Station during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are reflected in a door mirror as they address the space crew of the International Space Station during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a joint news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Moscow on Saturday for talks that included resolving a dispute over four Pacific islands and eventually signing a peace treaty.

Abe has been pushing for a way forward in the dispute that centers on the four most southern of the Kuril Islands, which Japan calls the Northern Territories.

The Soviet Union took the islands in the closing days of World War II. The dispute has kept the two countries from signing a peace treaty formally ending World War II hostilities.

Japan is seeking to implement joint business projects on the Kuril Islands as a way to gain momentum to resolve the dispute.

“The Japanese and the Russians will be able to reap the fruits of the joint work on the islands,” Abe said. “If we cooperate, we can achieve great results that bring mutual benefit.”

Putin said after the meeting that a Japanese business delegation would visit the islands this year.


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