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Japan and Russia discuss timeline for cooperation in disputed islands

Abe eyes better bilateral relations on economy and defense

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Vladivostok on Sept. 10.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Vladivostok on Sept. 10.   © Reuters

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Japan and Russia agreed Monday on an action plan for launching joint economic projects in a chain of Russian-controlled islands that Japan claims as the Northern Territories, in a step toward resolving their long-standing dispute.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Vladimir Putin met here ahead of the Eastern Economic Forum. This marked their 22nd one-on-one talks, including those from Abe's first run as Japan's prime minister in 2006 and 2007.

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