Japan PM: Wants dialogue with Putin

Tokyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, hours after joining fellow industrial powers in threatening further sanctions against Russia, said on Thursday that he wants to maintain good relations with Moscow.

“Under normal circumstances, President (Vladimir) Putin would have been attending this summit,” Abe told a news conference in Brussels, televised in Japan, after a meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized powers.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves as he arrives for the G7 summit at the European Council building in Brussels June 5, 2014. Credit: Reuters

“I want Russia to be involved in various issues concerning the international community in a constructive manner. That's what the world desires too. To this end I'm hoping to continue dialogue with President Putin.” - Reuters