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Abe urges Putin to fulfill 'historical duty' to sign peace treaty

Moscow official says there is 'no change' regarding the territorial rift

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands in Vladivostok, Russia, on September 5.   © Kyodo

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to step up efforts to resolve a long-standing territorial dispute between their countries and sign a postwar peace treaty, calling it their "historical duty."

"The new relationship of cooperation between Japan and Russia is becoming more apparent thanks to our work," Abe said in a speech at a regional economic forum in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East as Putin listened.

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