Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for bilateral talks on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok on Thursday.

“We meet regularly and use all chances to continue our dialogue. We are glad about it as it assists in developing our bilateral relations,” said the Russian leader.

Abe on his part said that he looks forward to “frank exchanges of views on bilateral issues, starting with the problem of concluding a peace treaty, as well as on future-oriented international issues.”

The two leaders will later take part on the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum, which run in Vladivostok between September 4-6.

Abe has attended the forum every year since 2016.

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