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Abe-Putin meetings in Vladivostok highlight the need for regional statesmanship

Meetings end inconclusively with no clear end in sight to the territorial dispute that has held back relations

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Mr Putin and Mr Abe have indicated their shared desire to settle a territorial dispute but there has been no obvious breakthrough on the modalities for achieving such a settlement.

Tokyo

THERE were elements of showmanship and even brinkmanship evident in the Vladivostok meetings last week between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - but rather less in the way of statesmanship.

Their encounters in the Russian Far East port...

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