Putin tells Shinzo Abe: "Let's sign peace deal this year"

Marco Green
September 13, 2018

The forum under the slogan "The Russian Far East: Expanding the Range of Possibilities", is being held in Vladivostok with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also attending.

The South Korean PM also said that President Moon proposed to try to increase the bilateral trade volume by 50 percent by 2020, which marks the 30th year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The dispute between Russian Federation and Japan centres on four islands in the strategically-located Kuril chain which the Soviet Union occupied at the end of war in 1945 but are claimed by Japan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said North Korea must be given security guarantees in exchange for steps towards denuclearization.

Putin's offer to settle the Kuril Islands dispute came just two days after he said that the territorial conflict was unlikely to be resolved soon.

In a sudden about turn, Russia's President suggested that a historic peace deal "without any preconditions" could be signed by the end of the year.

Russia's Tass news agency reported Moscow and Tokyo are considering Japan's involvement in liquefied natural gas projects in the Kamchatka region. Observers say that his visit is part of a fresh round of New Delhi's engagement with Moscow, which will culminate in October when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host Mr. Putin for the India-Russia annual summit. "[So, ] let's conclude a peace agreement by year's end without any preconditions", Putin said at a media briefing.

"Let us walk together mindful of the questions, 'If we don't do it now, then when?' And 'if we don't do it, then who will?'" Abe added.

Some diplomats said Putin's proposal was a non-starter.

But a Japanese government spokesman said the country's stance had not changed.

But a Japanese government spokesman said Japan's position had not changed and that the issue of sovereignty over the islands needed to be resolved before signing any treaties with Russian Federation.

"This is called trolling".

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