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Russia, Japan vow to solve islands dispute

Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with Shinzo Abe during a meeting in Moscow, on April 29, 2013
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting in Moscow, on April 29, 2013. Putin and Abe have expressed determination to hold talks on solving a territorial dispute over Pacific islands that

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday expressed determination to hold talks on solving a territorial dispute over Pacific islands that has prevented the two countries from signing a World War II peace treaty.

The two leaders agreed it was "abnormal" the countries had not signed a peace treaty 67 years after the end of World War II and expressed determination to overcome "the existing differences" on the islands dispute through talks, said a joint declaration adopted in the Kremlin.