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Putin Proposes Peace Treaty With Japan Before Year's End

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

The decades-old island issue has prevented Tokyo and Moscow from concluding a peace treaty to formally end their wartime hostilities. Tokyo quickly reiterated its preferred course: resolving Japan and Russia's long-standing territorial dispute before finalizing the post-World War II peace treaty.

It is reported by the Chronicle.info with reference to Capital.

"There is a very strong chance that Putin and Xi will talk about North Korea", says Gabuev, who likens China and Russia's differing approaches to North Korea to a good cop/bad cop approach. However, since any significant progress in this direction was not done.

Neither side has said what they'll discuss, but Trump's policies on trade and North Korea are topics of interest to both Russian Federation and China.

Both Putin and Abe have held several meetings in the past to solve the dispute over the islands, but failed to reach a consensus.

His comments came just days after confessing that the territorial dispute between Japan and Russian Federation, which has dragged on for decades, was unlikely to be resolved in the near future.

"South Korea's prime minister Lee Nak-yon is in Russia for the Fourth Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. and there he sat down with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss ways to boost economic cooperation between Seoul and Moscow".

He also suggested that Abe would never accept a deal that would be "political suicide".

There was no immediate response from Abe, whose country has sought the return of the islands that lie northeast of Hokkaido since the war.

Xi in turn described Putin as his "dear friend", which he attested to the development of the close ties between the countries.

Earlier, Putin said security in the region was a key issue and that Russian Federation was concerned by a move to establish a USA missile defence system there.

"In response to China's gracious invitation, I intend to visit China this year, the year in which we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and China", Abe told the forum later.

Russia's deputy foreign minister Igor Morgulov told Russian news agencies that Putin's announcement would not require any changes to the current format of negotiations.