Japan's Abe seeks talks with Russia's Putin; No TPP proposals with Obama

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he hopes to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming Asia-Europe summit. "I would like to create the opportunity for talks with President Putin," Abe told reporters before leaving for the multilateral summit in Milan. A Kremlin official said last week that a bilateral meeting at ASEM was possible. Abe and Putin are already expected to have talks on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit next month in Beijing. The Japanese and Russian leaders met five times in Abe's first year in office. ...