Former Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura, right, hands over an envelope to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, currently chair of the G7, has said he wants to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the fold to engage Moscow's help over a litany of crises in the Middle East.Abe said he was willing to go to Moscow, or to invite Putin to Tokyo for talks.In a video excerpt of the interview posted on the Nikkei website, Abe also said that "as the chair of the G7" he would consider a visit to Russia "at the appropriate time", which the Nikkei newspaper interpreted as meaning ahead of the G7 summit in May.Abe at that time also renewed his call on Putin to make progress on a territorial dispute with Tokyo dating from the closing days of World War II.
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