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CORRECTED-Japan PM to visit Russia for summit with Putin next month
March 20, 2017 / 8:49 AM / 8 months ago

CORRECTED-Japan PM to visit Russia for summit with Putin next month

(Corrects spelling of minister’s name in first paragraph)

TOKYO, March 20 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia in late April for a summit with President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday.

Abe has pledged to resolve a decades-old territorial dispute with Russia over a string of western Pacific islands in the hope of building better ties to counter a rising China.

Kishida also said the two sides had agreed to demand that North Korea, which has carried out a series of nuclear and missile tests in defiance of UN sanctions, halt its provocations. (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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