Russia: Abe urges for conclusion of peace treaty issue after 70 years

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the significance of concluding a Russia-Japan peace treaty, noting that it «should meet the strategic interests of both Russia and Japan.» He spoke at a joint press conference alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Moscow on Saturday. Putin said, «We believe it is important to keep looking patiently for solutions [to the peace treaty], which... Еще should meet the strategic interests of both Russia and Japan and be accepted by the peoples of the two countries.» Abe echoed Putin's sentiments, saying that «the issue of the peace treaty, which has not been signed in over 70 years, is not easy to tackle,» before adding that «we want to put an end to this problem. It is our crucial objective.» Four islands located between Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula and Japan's northern island of Hokkaido are the cause of the long-standing territorial dispute between Russia and Japan. In Russia, the islands are known as the Southern Kuril Islands, while Japan refers to them as the Northern Territories. Both Russia and Japan claim ownership of the islands, with the decades-long disagreement leaving a post-WWII peace deal still unsigned.

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