Abe reiterated Tokyo’s position on the peace Treaty with Russia

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade in photobacteria Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at the plenary session of the far East: expanding opportunities for the IV Eastern economic forumAbe reiterated Tokyo’s position on the peace Treaty with Russia© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade the image Bank

The government of Japan will continue to adhere to the position that a peace Treaty with Russia could be signed only after the resolution of the existing territorial dispute between the two countries, said on Friday Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

«It is true that he (Russian President Vladimir Putin — ed.) said, «let’s working on a peace Treaty.» There is no doubt in his conviction about the necessity of concluding a peace Treaty,» Abe said during the debate in the election campaign of the President of the ruling liberal democratic party of Japan.

Along with this, the Japanese Premier said that the official Tokyo maintains the position that «there needs to be a solution of the territorial issue and then to conclude a peace Treaty».

Held at the Eastern economic forum in Vladivostok a plenary session with the participation of Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a proposal to conclude a peace Treaty before the end of this year, without preconditions. Earlier Friday, Abe declared readiness to meet with Putin in November-December this year, but did not specify the proposed dates, no possible place for such a summit.

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.

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