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Japan PM Abe says wants dialogue with Putin despite G7 threats

Published on Jun 5, 2014 9:49 PM
 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a press conference on the last day of the G7 summit at the European Council headquarters on June 5, 2014 in Brussels. Mr Abe, hours after joining fellow industrial powers in threatening further sanctions against Russia, said on Thursday, June 5, 2014, that he wants to maintain good relations with Moscow. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, hours after joining fellow industrial powers in threatening further sanctions against Russia, said on Thursday that he wants to maintain good relations with Moscow.

"Under normal circumstances, President (Vladimir) Putin would have been attending this summit," Mr Abe told a news conference in Brussels, televised in Japan, after a meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized powers.

"I want Russia to be involved in various issues concerning the international community in a constructive manner. That's what the world desires too. To this end I'm hoping to continue dialogue with President Putin."

The G7 on Wednesday said it would impose harder-hitting sanctions on Russia if it does not help restore stability to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatist militias continue to operate at will.

 
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