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Japan's PM Seeks Dialogue With Putin Despite G7 Threats

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a news conference at the end of the G7 summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, June 5, 2014.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a news conference at the end of the G7 summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, June 5, 2014.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, hours after joining fellow industrial powers in threatening further sanctions against Russia, said on Thursday that he wants to maintain good relations with Moscow.

“Under normal circumstances, President [Vladimir] Putin would have been attending this summit,” Abe told a news conference in Brussels, televised in Japan, after a meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized powers.

“I want Russia to be involved in various issues concerning the international community in a constructive manner. That's what the world desires, too. To this end, I'm hoping to continue dialogue with President Putin,” said Abe.

The G7 on Wednesday said it would impose harder-hitting sanctions on Russia if it does not help restore stability to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatist militias continue to operate at will.

Abe in recent months has been seeking a delicate balance with Moscow.

Before Russia seized Crimea from neighboring Ukraine earlier this year, Abe had made better relations with resource-rich Russia, which was a priority of his foreign policy.

He met with Putin five times in his first year in office. More recently, though, Japan has signed on to G7 sanctions against Russia while trying keep relations on an even keel.

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by: Oleg from: France
June 07, 2014 4:48 AM
Most of the countries do need Russia. And USA might like it or not but they should get used that Russia will be there or US has an option and have to support and provide energy to all those countries who need them, of course for the same price as Russia does. Ohhhh....its impossible, right....so then just get used to it and go f...yourself.
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by: Dan from: California,USA
June 09, 2014 4:56 AM
as for Russian people and Chinese people.. i have respect for all of them.. just dont like Putin he reminds me way to much of Adolph Hitler and lies to his country ! crimea voted to be part of Russia so they should be part of Russia..I agree but Putin just went about it the wrong way! and acts like Hitler and seems all he wants is war! as for energy? the U.S.. isnt the one taking away there energy in other countries.. Putin is doing that and wants the cold war back obviously ! as for China.. i love china and been there.. the people are nice and respectful.. we all fought against tyranny from Hitler and Japan.during ww2.. why in the hell is Russia and China and the U.S... arguing over crap? we all should stick together and stop wackos like North Korea dictator and Iran Dictator from getting nuclear power and starting world war 3.. where nobody wins.. the whole earth dies !

by: Dan from: California
June 06, 2014 5:25 PM
The United States is not being a bully! We want people who want freedom to have it ! And not be controlled by a dictator playing god and Putin acts just like Hitler and Stalin combined in one! And as for China? China always defended North Korea dictator and now look ! These wackos like North Korea and Iran want nuclear war ! And these idiots are giving them the time to make nuclear weapons and nuclear war !

by: Seriously
June 06, 2014 10:46 AM
China is the threat? Sounds to me like the U.S. is just being a bully making other countries do its bidding. The United States is the main threat of world peace. I loathe what my beautiful country has become.

by: Julio Nepolatani from: Tokyo
June 06, 2014 8:43 AM
Never trust Shinzo abe s his party was started by the Yamaguchi crime syndicate and the Yamaguchi gumi pays Abe over 500 million yen per annum and 5 million Yen to each LDP member of Parliment and the Police, the Public prrosecutors are paid ten millin each month and Illgal gambling syndicate of North Korean origin earns over 262 billiuon US$ and 1/3rd goes to North Korea by hand and Japanese government is looking the other way as all are bribed. President 11clintpon in 1993 in Japan said never trust japanese as when they yes it is a No. Abe plays the double game but Russia is an intelligent nation
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by: Aleksy Solovsky from: Moscow
June 07, 2014 2:49 AM
You Russian Freaks of Nature will get your asses handed to you and kicked by your underdeveloped former Soviet satellites, not only the Kremlin, also the Russian Terrorist civilians, and Russia's already underdeveloped stagnant economy is going down the drain even farther, thanks to the United States of America and her Western Allies. No more potential superpower status for you. The spying Rusky Communists are reported to be worst than the commie Soviet Union. Listen and listen closely you Soviet Russian Terrorist Freak, America will defeat you with both hands tied behind her back.
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by: GoodGuy from: USA
June 06, 2014 11:31 PM
Well, apparently, the world trusts Japan a million times more than China these day. Nice Try using fake name and location.

by: Sean from: Canada
June 06, 2014 4:24 AM
I am telling you that this Abe is one dangerous snake ... the US would be wise to not trust this vermin.
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by: Hussien Owebama from: Earth
June 07, 2014 2:53 AM
I am telling you that this Obama is one dangerous snake ... the World would be wise to not trust this vermin.
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by: Matt from: USA
June 06, 2014 6:55 AM
All to encounter the dangerous rising China who is real threat to world peace
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by: Frank from: New York
June 06, 2014 5:48 AM
True but he did hand over all Japan's weapon grade uranium to us...

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