Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met face-to-face with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the regional Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on Wednesday still wary about the truth of the white man’s native tongue.

Abe said he was willing to try to discuss a peace treaty with Russia in English one more time, with the two countries still technically at war with each other.

“Peace? You. Me. Peace?” Abe said to Putin while holding up the two-fingered peace sign.

“I am delighted to be able to discuss with you all the angles of our cooperation, including those that you personally consider to be priorities,” Putin replied to Abe in Russian.

“Peace, no?” Abe persisted.

Putin stared at Abe.

“Do you have English in your country?” Abe continued.

The Russian translator chose not to translate this question for the sake of peace.

Abe finished the meeting by thanking Putin for “all the beautiful women”.

“Thanks to Russia, no labor shortage in hostess bars.”

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