Japanese PM: Putin is a strong leader

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TOKYO, Japan – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said to Russian TV and radio journalist Vladimir Solovyov’s documentary dubbed World Order 2018 that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a strong leader with whom it is possible to resolve various issues.

“Putin is very much fond of his country and has a strong spirit,” Abe said.

Although the Japanese Prime Minister did highlight that “talks often turn out to be very difficult.”

“But I am sure that together we can resolve the most complicated issues,” he stressed.

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He then emphasized that Russia is needed on the world stage to resolve problems in Ukraine, Syria and North Korea.

“It is impossible to resolve these problems, particularly the Ukrainian conflict, unless Russia takes part in dialogue,” he said.

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