The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe confirmed his intention to visit Russia and meet with President Vladimir Putin in late April. On Monday, April 3, reports TASS with reference to the Agency Kyodo. He stressed that to solve the territorial issue with Moscow will be difficult.
“However, I intend to firmly and consistently move towards the conclusion of a peace Treaty with Russia, not forgetting the aspirations of the former inhabitants of the Northern Islands,” — said the head of government.
March 30, the Russian foreign Ministry confirmed that Abe’s visit to Russia scheduled for late this month. According to preliminary data, the Japanese Prime Minister coming in for a meeting with Putin on April 27-28.
20 March in Tokyo talks of the foreign Ministers of Japan and Russia — Sergey Lavrov and Fumio Kishida. The parties exchanged proposals for joint activities in the Southern Kurils. As noted, we are talking about the construction of plants for the processing of seafood, home of the islanders, the construction of geothermal power plants and the establishment of a system of tourist cruises.
In December 2016, during the Russian leader’s visit to Japan, Putin and Abe agreed on the document on the beginning of consultations on joint economic activities of two countries in the South Kuril Islands.
Following the end of world war II between Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace Treaty. The main obstacle to the signing of the document is the unresolved dispute over the southern Kuril Islands, namely the largest Islands: Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai group.