- Japanese Embassy in Russia Says Not Ready to Comment on Putin's Proposal on Peace Treaty
Japanese Embassy In Russia Says Not Ready To Comment On Putin's Proposal On Peace Treaty
The Japanese Embassy in Russia told Sputnik Wednesday it was not ready to comment on the recent suggestion by Russian President Vladimir Putin to sign a peace treaty between the two countries by the end of this year.
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th September, 2018) The Japanese Embassy in Russia told Sputnik Wednesday it was not ready to comment on the recent suggestion by Russian President Vladimir Putin to sign a peace treaty between the two countries by the end of this year.
Earlier in the day, Putin proposed at a plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) that a peace treaty with Japan should be signed by the end of the year without any preconditions. Speaking about the issue of the four disputed South Kuril Islands, Putin suggested including a provision on Moscow and Tokyo's commitment to resolve the issue within the text of the document.
"We are not ready to comment on it," a representative of the Japanese Embassy said.
The fact that Japan and Russia have never signed a permanent peace treaty after the end of World War II has long been a stumbling block in Russia-Japan relations. The main issue standing in the way of a treaty is an agreement concerning a group of four islands that both countries claim � Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, collectively referred to as the Southern Kurils by Russia and the Northern Territories by Japan.