Abe, Putin Vow Better Ties in First Summit in 8 Months

November 9, 2014 6:07 PM

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Japan and Russia held their first summit in eight months in an effort to repair ties frayed by tensions over Ukraine, pledging to resume talks on reaching a peace agreement outstanding since the end of World War II.

“Relations have been developing rather successfully both in the economic and political spheres,” Russia’s President Vladimir Putin told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the start of their hour-long evening meeting yesterday in Beijing. “When I mention the political sphere, I also mean the resum...

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