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International relations

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.

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