Russia’s Putin suggests long-awaited peace treaty to Japan

Lester Mason
September 12, 2018

The negotiations to address controversial issues between Russian Federation and Japan have been in place for 70 years, he said.

During the Russia-Japan summit Monday, Abe called for an end to a territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands, while Putin said there is a need to "take precautions" to find a solution, according to Japanese press reports.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pushing for a way forward in the dispute, with the two leaders holding numerous meetings and reportedly getting as close to solving the row as they have ever been.

"We will carry out fiscal consolidation and want to raise the sales tax as planned" to 10 percent, Abe told a news conference held to kick off campaign for a leadership race for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

"Let's sign the peace treaty _ not now, but before the end of the year, without any preconditions", Putin said, addressing Abe who was also sitting at the same panel.

Since previous year, the countries have also agreed on charter flights for former Japanese island inhabitants to visit family graves there.

The summit came just ahead of huge Russian military drills, which are set to start on Tuesday in eastern Siberia, involving some 300,000 troops as well as Chinese soldiers.

The two also confirmed that Putin will travel to Japan on an official visit next year, Abe said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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