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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed hope in a meeting with Russia’s deputy prime minister over the weekend for progress in bilateral talks this week on concluding a post-World War II peace treaty.

“I welcome Japan and Russia having high-level exchanges,” Abe told Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich when they met Sunday in Kyoto on the sidelines of an international conference on science and technology, the government said.

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