The expert called Putin’s proposal on a peace Treaty with Japan interesting

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The proposal of the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to conclude a peace Treaty with Japan until the end of the year, without preconditions radically changes the situation and the next step should be the response of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said by telephone RIA Novosti the idea of the Russian leader well-known specialist in Russian from the Tokyo University Nobuo Hosa Simotomai.

At the plenary session on Wednesday at the Eastern economic forum in Vladivostok with the participation of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a proposal to conclude a peace Treaty before the end of this year, without preconditions.

«This is a very interesting proposal, he said. In the end, the order changes dramatically. The next step will be, probably, the answer is Shinzo Abe».

The expert recalled that at the end of 2016, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Russian-Japanese summit in Sochi has replaced the former course, linking the conclusion of a peace Treaty with the development of joint economic activities on the Kuril Islands. However, in the debate on the question of under whose jurisdiction to carry out economic activities, i.e. «which came first — the chicken or the egg», there was no progress, says Simotomai. After the cold war on the territorial issue, he said, was different parallel lines, but in reality is also «a single step to a peaceful agreement to move failed».

«Because Abe and Putin put forward the idea of achieving mutually acceptable solutions or something like «hikiwake» («draw» judo – ed.) can be, with the conclusion of a peace Treaty, the territorial issue will be resolved to establish an international framework of joint economic activities», — said the Professor.

Relations between Russia and Japan for many years overshadows the absence of a peace Treaty. Japan claims the Kuril Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. In 1956 the USSR and Japan signed a Joint Declaration in which Moscow has agreed to consider the possibility of transfer of Japan of the Habomai and Shikotan after the conclusion of a peace Treaty, and the fate of Kunashir and Iturup are not affected. The USSR hoped that the Joint Declaration will put an end to the dispute, Japan believed the document only part of the solution, not abandoning claims to all the Islands. Later the negotiations failed, the peace Treaty after the Second world war and was not signed. Moscow’s position is that the Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them cannot be questioned.

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