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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

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.


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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