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International relations

Putin tones down rhetoric with Abe but treaty progress unclear

Foreign ministers meet again in February, with next summit in June

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for the 25th time Tuesday, but their close relationship has yet to produce a solution over the disputed islands.    © Kyodo

MOSCOW -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to continue accelerating negotiations toward a formal peace treaty for World War II during their summit here Tuesday afternoon, but the practical hurdles to such a pact remain high.

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