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Putin calls US-Japan alliance an obstacle to peace treaty

Abe denies missile deployment plans and backs Russian return to G-7

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak Sept. 5 on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.   © Reuters

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin aired concerns Thursday that Tokyo's defense pact with Washington would create obstacles in the ongoing negotiations toward a formal peace treaty between his country and Japan.

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