Russia: Lavrov and Japan’s Kano discuss peace treaty in Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kano met in Moscow on Friday to discuss the post-World War II peace treaty between the two nations. Lavrov said that the “issue is not easy”, adding that the countries need to carry out “difficult, accurate and creative work” to overcome the long-standing territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands. He stated that the... Еще Russian-Japanese relations should be raised on a new level and announced that talks of working groups on law aspects of economic cooperation will be held in Moscow later in May. Kono on his part admitted that the task ahead is challenging since it “solving a problem that remains unresolved more than 70 years on from the end of the war is not easy.” The foreign minister added that the sides didn’t manage to “overcome divisions” during the third round peace treaty talks. 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 the countries. 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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