Abe, Putin meet in Argentina

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Saturday to have their foreign ministers oversee the talks for a peace treaty in a move aimed at accelerating negotiations.

In their 45-minute meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, Abe and Putin agreed that Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov will meet to lay the groundwork for the next summit in Russia slated for January.

Senior Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Mori and Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov were named as the lead working-level negotiators, with both to receive instructions directly from their respective leaders.

During the summit, Putin welcomed the frequent pace of meetings between the two leaders, who held talks in Singapore two weeks ago and in the Russian city of Vladivostok in September.

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