December 15, 2016 / 10:20 AM / 8 months ago

Russia's Putin to Japan's Abe: Thanks to your efforts there is a shift in relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before their talks in Nagato, Yamaguchi prefecture on December 15, 2016.Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool

NAGATO, Japan (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday that thanks to Abe's efforts there was a shift in Russia-Japan relations.

Putin made the remarks during his visit to Japan, which lasts through Friday, Dec. 16.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Tom Hogue

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