Russian minister: Putin, Japan's Abe discuss Syria, Ukraine and disputed isles

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leads Russian President Vladimir Putin upon his arrival at a hotel prior to their talks in Nagato, Yamaguchi prefecture on December 15, 2016 while Akie Abe, wife of the Prime Minister looks on. REUTERS/ Kazuhiro Nogi

NAGATO, Japan (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed a range of issues on Thursday including Syria, Ukraine and the disputed islands at the heart of a territorial row between their countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

The two leaders met at a hot spring resort in southwest Japan to seek progress on the feud between Japan and Russia that has blocked a peace treaty formally ending World War Two.

Editing by Robert Birsel