Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a working lunch in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up two-day talks on Thursday, with agreement on economic deals but no big breakthrough on a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties since World War Two.Putin himself said the economic cooperation would help set the stage for closer ties.The two leaders agreed on Thursday, in talks at a hot spring resort in southwest Japan, on the importance of resuming security dialogue, a Japanese official said.Abe and Putin also agreed to start discussing economic cooperation on the disputed islands at the center of a territorial dispute that has prevented their countries signing a peace treaty formally ending World War Two, a Russian official said.Putin is apparently loath to tarnish his domestic image as a staunch defender of Russian sovereignty.
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