Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is counting on a “Frank dialogue” with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit in December. In particular, Abe intends to discuss with the Russian leader, the issue of Kuril Islands.
“We think hard to negotiate with the Russian side that, developing relations in the broad areas, including the economy, solve the question of the return of the four Islands (the Japanese call the Russian Southern Kuril Islands – ed.) and to conclude a peace Treaty,” — said the Prime Minister.
Last week, the newspaper “Yomiuri” reported that Japan is ready to take two of the Kuril Islands: Habomai, and Shikotan, and the negotiations on the Iturup and Kunashir to continue after the signing of the peace Treaty. Later in Tokyo denied the allegation, stressing that still insist on the return of all four Islands.
In early September, Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that Russia and Japan will be able to find a compromise in a territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands, in which none of the parties will not feel themselves as losers. However, he said, Moscow will not “sell territories” for the sake of signing a peace Treaty with Tokyo.