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Former foreign minister passes Abe message to Putin

AP

Former Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura has visited Moscow and passed a personal message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to President Vladimir Putin.

Komura met with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday morning and passed to him an envelope which he said contained a personal message from Abe to Putin. The contents of the message were not disclosed by either side.

The territorial dispute over the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido has kept the two countries from signing a peace treaty ending their World War II hostilities.

Lavrov said at the meeting that Russia is open to cooperate with Japan “in all areas” but did not mention the islands.