Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit. Photo: EPA

Japan PM Shinzo Abe promises Russia’s Putin no US troops on disputed islands

  • Both agreed in Singapore to speed up talks based on a 1956 joint declaration in which the Soviet Union agreed it would hand over two smaller islands
  • The isles have strategic value for Russia, ensuring naval access to the western Pacific
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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit. Photo: EPA
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