Putin invites Japanese PM to visit Russia: press service
MOSCOW, Dec 28, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Russian President Vladimir Putin
has invited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Moscow in
the year 2013, the Kremlin press service said Friday.
According to a statement posted on the Kremlin website, Putin
spoke to Abe by phone and congratulated him on his election as the
new head of the Japanese government.
The two leaders highlighted their mutual interest in widening
bilateral relations in trade, economy, investment, science,
technology sectors and also discussed situation on the Korean
Abe told Putin the two sides should find a "mutually acceptable
" solution to the disputed islands that were called the Southern
Kurils in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan.
The dispute has prevented the two countries from signing a
peace treaty since the end of the second World War.
Abe was elected as Japan's new prime minister Wednesday and he
immediately formed a "crisis breakthrough" cabinet which he said
will mainly focus on reconstructing quake-hit north area and
revitalize Japan's stagnant economy.
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