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Meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

June 18, 2013, Lough Erne

Vladimir Putin met with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G8 summit.

The President of Russia and Prime Minister of Japan exchanged opinions on various aspects of their bilateral relations.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister,

It is a great pleasure to see you again, this time on the sidelines of the G8 summit.

We have just had a very thorough discussion with our colleagues on key topics in international politics. Naturally, in this context relations between Japan and the Russian Federation are crucially important for us.

I am very pleased that we are engaged in constructive dialogue, and am glad of the opportunity to go through our bilateral agenda once again.

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe (retranslated): Mr President,

Following our summit meeting in Moscow, I am very glad to meet you here today (albeit very late).

Mr President, together in Moscow we were able to once again relaunch Japanese-Russian relations. And I hope that our meeting today will give yet another impetus to our bilateral relations.

I look forward to a fruitful exchange of opinions during today’s meeting, including in fields such as politics, culture, citizen exchanges, security issues, and the problems surrounding a peace treaty.


June 18, 2013, Lough Erne