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Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and acting Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed Friday their dedication to work toward the early realization of a summit meeting, hopefully before the July Group of Eight summit in Okinawa, a Foreign Ministry official said.
In a 20-minute telephone conversation, Putin also said that Moscow will adhere to policies set by former President Boris Yeltsin and Japanese leaders in recent years to enhance bilateral ties in various fields, the official said.

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