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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.

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