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U.S. Ally Japan Pursues Russian Friendship

Russia, a crucial energy supplier, also plays a strategic role in countering China's power

TOKYO—As the U.S. presses tight sanctions on Moscow, it might seem quixotic for one of America’s staunchest allies to seek closer ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But that is the balancing act Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to pull off.

Mr. Abe will visit Mr. Putin on Friday in Sochi, Russia, marking the 13th time the two have met. That compares with seven meetings between Mr. Abe and U.S. President Barack...

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