Shinzo Abatto: Alexei vitvitskiy / RIA Novosti
Japan sign a peace Treaty with Russia based on trust relationships. This statement was made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, reports RIA Novosti.
“Based on relationships of trust between me and the President of Russia [Vladimir Putin] we will solve the territorial problem and conclude a peace Treaty,” he said during a speech in Parliament. According to him, Japan will open a new era in relations with Moscow, and the absence of a peace Treaty between the two countries is abnormal.
He noted that countries comply with the agreements in 2016 during Putin’s visit to the country. Then there was signed documents on economic cooperation, including in the disputed Kuril Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai. “Former residents of the Islands can visit the graves of their ancestors, arriving on the island by plane, we began work on the implementation of joint economic activities,” — said Abe.
On 12 September on the sidelines of the Eastern economic forum, Putin invited Abe to conclude a peace Treaty before the end of 2018, without pre-conditions. Tokyo sharply rejected the proposal, saying that Japan would not conclude a peace Treaty with Russia until not yet settled the territorial dispute.
The peace Treaty between Russia and Japan have not signed in for over 70 years. The conclusion of the Tokyo refers to the return of the Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai. Moscow believes that the Southern Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and sovereignty over them is unquestionable.
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