Mezentsev has commented on Putin’s initiative on the peace Treaty with Japan

© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at a press conference following talks at the IV international economic forumMezentsev has commented on Putin’s initiative on the peace Treaty with Japan© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated the image Bank

The initiative of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to reach a peace agreement in the case of support from the Japanese side will be an example of a successful, modern approach to «old» territorial dispute, according to the Senator from Sakhalin, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on economic policy Dmitry Mezentsev.

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. The Russian leader said that the talks are 70 years, and Prime Minister Abe of Japan, a proposal was made to change approaches. In this context, Putin suggested a peace Treaty.

Mezentsev called the historical proposal to sign a peace Treaty without preconditions, noting that the initiative of the Russian President cannot be overemphasized. According to him, Putin outlined a clear and close way for further strengthening of bilateral relations, removing a certain sharpness of the territorial dispute, affect the interaction of the two countries.

According to Mezentsev, the joint economic activity on the Islands, greater openness of Russia to Japanese investors, the desire of Russian business to cooperate is «the way, supporting multi-faceted cooperation, will prove that a territorial dispute does not preclude the development of the cooperation that Russia and Japan requires time, the international agenda».

«I believe that the initiative of the Russian President, being supported by the official Tokyo will be an example of a successful, modern approach to «old» territorial dispute,» said the Senator in an interview with RIA Novosti in the framework of the Eastern economic forum (WEF).

Relations between Russia and Japan for many years overshadows the absence of a peace Treaty.

Japan claims the 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.