Abe spoke about the prospects of concluding a peace Treaty with Russia
Strengthening mutual trust between Russia and Japan may lead the two countries to conclude a peace Treaty by the end of the Second World war. This was stated by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, the TV channel “Russia 1”.
Abe stressed that given the fact that the war ended more than 70 years ago, “weird that the peace Treaty between the two countries is not signed until now”.
And I and President Putin in this respect share the same views. I hope that the reinforcement of relations between our countries will eventually lead to the conclusion of a peace Treaty.Shinzo Abaranger Prime Minister of Japan
While Japanese Prime Minister noted that the absence of a peace Treaty continues to negatively affect the development of cooperation between Russia and Japan. “Due to the fact that a peace Treaty is not signed, all the possibilities of relations between Russia and Japan, which have huge potential, and remain unsolved”, — he stressed.
The theme of a peace Treaty became Central during the talks, Abe and Putin at the summit of “big twenty” in Hamburg in July. At the meeting, the two leaders, in particular, touched on the issue, inhibiting the production of the document — the ownership of the four Islands of the South Kuril Islands, namely Kunashiri, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai.
Russia and Japan have not signed a peace Treaty at the end of the Second World war over territorial disputes. Moscow believes that the outcome of the war of the disputed Southern Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union. However, Tokyo insists that the four Islands in the Kuril chain belong to Japan under the bilateral Treatise about trade and borders, concluded in 1855.