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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Abe wants to speak frankly with Putin to return the Kuril Islands

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.

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Shinzo Abe

Japan hopes to advance negotiations on a peace Treaty with Russia, said Shinzo Abe during a debate at a meeting of the lower house of Parliament.

“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.

According to Abe, in December at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Yamaguchi Prefecture, he intends to discuss these issues “in a peaceful atmosphere”, RIA Novosti reported.

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.

Read the material: the Experts evaluated the possibility of a compromise between Russia and Japan over the Kuril Islands


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