Japanese PM congratulated Vladimir Putin’s re-election

Vastavam web: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election and the two leaders agreed to work together to help achieve North Korea’s denuclearisation, the foreign ministry said.Abe expressed congratulations in telephone talks after Putin cruised to victory in Russia’s presidential election, giving him at least another six years in power.Japan and Russia were both members of the six-party talks, which also involved China, the US and both Koreas.

The talks were designed to offer the North security and economic benefits in exchange for denuclearisation but broke down in 2009 when Pyongyang abandoned them.Abe and Putin also discussed joint economic activities on disputed islands and “humanitarian measures” for former Japanese islanders, the ministry said.The two leaders, who have been struggling to make progress on the decades-old dispute, are scheduled to meet in May.

Referring to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, Abe told Putin that the use of chemical weapons was not acceptable.