Vladimir Putin offers Kuril Islands peace deal to Japan's Abe

Cheryl Sanders
September 14, 2018

"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 said in a speech at an economic forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok.

A total of 175 deals worth 2.9 trillion rubles (US$42.07 billion) were inked during the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev.

Should the dispute finally be put to an end, Russian Federation and Japan could formally sign a peace agreement - 71 years after the end of the World War II.

Sitting alongside Abe at an economic forum in the Russian Far East, Putin proposed concluding an unconditional peace treaty by the end of the year.

Putin positioned his proposal as a spontaneous response to Abe's remarks.

In his remarks on September 12, Putin said concluding a pact would create a better atmosphere and enable Russian Federation and Japan to "continue to resolve all outstanding issues like friends".

Speaking at an economic conference in Russia's Far East, Putin suggested that Russian Federation and Japan sign the treaty this year and solve the territorial dispute later.

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. However, Putin attempted to seize the initiative on Wednesday, shortly after Abe told a plenary session that it was up to the two of them to finally make progress.

"We've been trying to solve the territorial dispute for 70 years". In 1956, Japan and the Soviet Union agreed to end "the state of war" and restore diplomatic relations.

Xi and Putin had their third meeting in four months, charting the future course of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and exchanging views on major worldwide and regional issues, Wang said.

It has kept the two countries from signing a peace accord.

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

Establishing its sovereignty over the islands is the crucial issue for Japan, so it would be unlikely to sign a deal without first receiving some assurances from the Kremlin over the fate of the islands.

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

Abe has proposed making the islands a joint economic zone, which could lead to a settlement.

Other reports by iNewsToday