December 12, 2016 / 9:48 AM / 7 months ago

Japan minister - no economic deals with Russia that would hurt G7 solidarity

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Japan's Trade and Industry minister Hiroshige Seko speaks at a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, August 3, 2016.Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese trade minister Hiroshige Seko on Monday ruled out any economic cooperation steps with Moscow that would hurt the solidarity of sanctions by the Group of Seven (G7) after Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's region of Crimea in 2014.

The comments by Seko, who holds the portfolio for economic cooperation with Russia, come ahead of summit meetings planned for Dec. 15 and 16 between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan, to discuss economic cooperation and a decades-old territorial dispute.

The United States, the European Union and Japan imposed sanctions to punish Moscow after its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by Linda Sieg

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