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President Putin holds talks with Prime Minister Abe in Moscow

11:40am EDT - 01:01

Russian President Vladimir Putin receives Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks in the Kremlin. Rough cut (no reproter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in the Moscow's Kremlin on Thursday (April 27) for talks which are expected to focus on a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties between the two countries since World War Two, North Korea tensions and various economic issues. The islands in the Western Pacific, called the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kuriles in Russia, were seized by Soviet forces at the end of World War Two and 17,000 Japanese residents were forced to flee. The dispute over their sovereignty has prevented the two countries signing a peace treaty. During their previous meeting in Japan in December 2016 Putin and Abe agreed to launch talks on joint economic activities on disputed islands at the centre of the territorial row as a step toward concluding a peace treaty formally ending World War Two.

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President Putin holds talks with Prime Minister Abe in Moscow

11:40am EDT - 01:01