Putin wants Russian Federation and Japan to seal historic peace deal

Aaron Brown
September 15, 2018

Russian Federation and Japan have not signed a peace treaty since World War II due to a lingering territorial dispute over parts of a group of Pacific islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories and in Russian Federation as the Kurils.

Speaking at the economic conference in Vladivostok earlier on Wednesday Abe said he and Putin share an opinion "that this is not normal" that the two countries still have not signed a peace treaty.

Abe reiterated his desire to meet Kim himself to resolve the matter of Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang's agents decades ago, but said nothing had been decided yet.

A former Russian deputy foreign minister, Georgy Kunadze, said he doubted Putin wanted to solve the territorial problem in earnest.

The U.S. administration is relying partly on Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to prevent what it claims are unfair trade practices and theft of intellectual property.

At the invitation of the Russian government, 996 children from China's quake-hit area came to "Ocean" for rehabilitation and the experience will be etched in their memories, the Chinese president said while addressing the children and teachers at the center. "Together with our Russian colleagues, we will increase fruitful co-operation in worldwide affairs and intensify co-ordination.to oppose the policy of unilateral actions and trade protectionism", Xi said. "We are both fully aware that it will not be easy".

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They have become vocal cheerleaders amid the assault on free trade, and are keen to work together on development projects in third-party countries, including a high-speed rail in Thailand. "Putin does not expect anything", Kunadze told the Echo of Moscow radio station.

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. In September, 1951, the Soviet Union refused to sign the Peace Treaty of San Francisco with Japan.

"This stance hasn't changed", he added.

Abe smiled at the suggestion.

"Mutual trust between the two countries has reached an unprecedented level and their military ties are closer", Chinese state tabloid Global Times said in an August editorial.

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