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Meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

December 1, 2018, Buenos Aires

Vladimir Putin met with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, colleagues, It is a pleasure to see you.

We use every opportunity to touch base on cooperation in the most important areas. We are glad that we now have a busy joint work schedule.

Just recently, two weeks ago, we met in Singapore, and now we are meeting here. We travel to different parts of the globe. But wherever we are, you and I have a meeting. I am very pleased about that.

I am very happy to see you.

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe (retranslated): Mr President, I am glad to meet with you again here, in accordance with the agreement we reached in Singapore.

I would like to expand our cooperation in all areas to take Japan-Russia relations to a new level.

In particular, I would like to further develop our cooperation in mutual economic activities, as well as humanitarian measures for the former residents of the islands, including regular visits to the gravesites in their homeland.

I would also like to more actively promote Japanese-Russian cooperation in the sphere of security.

I hope we will have a detailed discussion today, mainly on the issues related to the peace treaty with due account of the results of our meeting in Singapore.


December 1, 2018, Buenos Aires