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Sunday, 30 April, 2000, 19:01 GMT 20:01 UK
Japan gives priority to Russia
Putin/Mori
The St Petersburg meeting skirted over the dispute
The new Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshiro Mori, has spoken of his commitment to developing relations with Russia.

Addressing students in St Petersburg after a meeting with Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin, Mr Mori said he aimed to realise his predecessor Keizo Obuchi's intentions of improving links.

He had therefore chosen Russia for his first visit as prime minister.

The two leaders agreed at their meeting on Saturday to secure a peace treaty by the end of the year that would formally end the hostilities that have technically existed between the two countries since World War II.

This relates to the South Kuril chain of islands, occupied by Soviet troops at the end of the conflict, but claimed by Japan.

After four hours of talks, each confirmed that they had established a good personal relationship.


Kuril islands
The Kuril dispute dates back to 1945

They used familiar versions of each others' names in their talks, continuing a tradition established by their predecessors to promote an informal atmosphere.

Mr Mori now goes on to Italy as part of a series of visits to Japan's G-8 partners ahead of the summit in Okinawa in July.

The G-8 gathering of the world's seven leading industrialised economies plus Russia is one of a number of further meetings the Russian and Japanese leaders plan for this year.

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