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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed resolve Monday to seek a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis as next year’s rotating president of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations.

In a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in New York, Abe said that with Ukraine and pro-Moscow rebels having maintained a cease-fire accord since Sept. 1, Japan will closely watch developments, including a four-nation summit on Ukraine slated for Oct. 2 in Paris, according to the Foreign Ministry.

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