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Abe and Putin designate negotiators for peace treaty and islands

Foreign ministers to lay groundwork ahead of January summit in Russia

Saturday's meeting was the 24th between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russia President Vladimir Putin.   © Kyodo

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Saturday to have their foreign ministers oversee the talks for a peace treaty in a move aimed at accelerating negotiations.

In their 45-minute meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, Abe and Putin agreed that Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov will meet to lay the groundwork for the next summit in Russia slated for January.

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