The two leaders discussed the state of and prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation in the political, trade, economic and humanitarian areas. Following on from the agreements reached at the previous meetings in Singapore and Buenos Aires, issues related to the conclusion of a peace treaty between the two countries were reviewed. The two leaders also exchanged views on major international and regional issues.
Following the talks, Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe made statements for the press.
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Beginning of conversation with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, dear Shinzo, friends. I am delighted to welcome you to the Kremlin.
I am very pleased that our meetings have become regular, which allows us to discuss various issues related to the development of bilateral relations and the situation in the region.
I want to thank you for accepting our invitation and coming to visit us in Moscow on the way to an international event in Switzerland. Tentatively, our colleagues worked on many areas, including the economy and foreign policy, and issues pertaining to the peace treaty.
I am very glad to see you. Welcome!
Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe (retranslated): Mr President, colleagues. I am happy to meet with you here at the beginning of this year as we agreed in Singapore and Buenos Aires.
Let me note that 2018 became a turning point in Russia-Japan relations. Now in 2019, Japan is planning many important events, such as the G20 Presidency.
For our part, we are ready to do all we can to make 2019 a year of the rapid [development of relations] between Japan and Russia.
I am pleased to say that our bilateral cooperation is producing tangible results in eight areas, including Japan-Russia cross years.
Today, I am planning to discuss the issues related to the conclusion of the peace treaty, with due account of the results of the foreign ministers’ meeting and the meeting of the negotiators last week. In addition, I hope for a straight exchange of views on bilateral relations and international issues with a view to developing our ties on a large scale.