Russia's Vladimir Putin late again to summit with Shinzo Abe

Lloyd Doyle
September 13, 2018

Prime Minister Lee thanked President Putin for Russia's support towards establishing permanent peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, and said that the South Korean government was doing its best to implement what was agreed in June, between Presidents Moon Jae-in and Putin, including the "nine bridges" of cooperation between South Korea and Russian Federation.

Japan and Russian Federation didn't sign a formal peace treaty after World War II. The standoff has held back economic ties between the two near-neighbours. "Let's conclude a peace agreement, not now but by the year's end without any preconditions", Putin said, prompting the audience to break into applause.

Later in the same session, Putin said of his offer: "I was not joking".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he was ready to sign a peace deal with Japan "without any preconditions" to end hostilities from World War II. He said his idea was that the two sides sign a treaty first, and then work through the issues on which they are in dispute afterwards.

At a regular briefing in Tokyo for reporters after Putin had made the offer, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said: "I don't want to comment on what President Putin said.However, our position that the Northern Territories issue is resolved before any peace treaty remains unchanged".

Russian Federation calls the islands the Kurils, while Japan calls them the Northern Territories.

The disputed Kuril Islands lie between Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula and the Japanese island of Hokkaido. "This is all the subject of negotiations".

"Shinzo said, 'Let's change our approaches.' Let's".

"If North Korea does something toward denuclearization it expects reciprocal steps and not endless demands for full disarmament", said Putin.

The South Korean PM also said that President Moon proposed to try to increase the bilateral trade volume by 50 percent by 2020, which marks the 30th year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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