Putin Proposes Russia, Japan Sign Historic Peace Treaty
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Wed 12th September 2018 | 11:38 PM
President Vladimir Putin suggested Wednesday that Russia and Japan sign a peace treaty this year, ending World War II hostilities "without any preconditions" as a territorial dispute has led to decades of deadlock.
Vladivostok, Russia, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 12th Sep, 2018 ) :President Vladimir Putin suggested Wednesday that Russia and Japan sign a peace treaty this year, ending World War II hostilities "without any preconditions" as a territorial dispute has led to decades of deadlock.
It has kept the two countries from signing a peace accord that would formally end their wartime hostilities.
"We have been trying to solve the territorial dispute for 70 years. We've been holding talks for 70 years," Putin said at an economic forum in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
- 'Not a joke' - "It is not a joke," Putin added, suggesting the two countries commit to solving the territorial dispute in the text of the peace deal.
Putin said the conclusion of such a deal would create a better atmosphere and allow Russia and Japan to "continue to solve all outstanding issues like friends." "It seems to me that this would facilitate the solution of all problems which we have not been able to solve during the past 70 years." The Japanese prime minister said the two countries "have a duty to future generations." "Let us walk together mindful of the questions, 'If we don't do it now, then when?' And 'if we don't do it, then who will?'," Abe said, speaking before Putin. "We are both fully aware that it will not be easy." Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking to reporters, described Putin's proposal as an impromptu idea and said the two leaders had not yet discussed it.
"Putin intends to solve this problem," he added.
A Japanese government spokesman said the country's stance had not changed.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said a treaty with Russia would be signed "after resolving the issue of the attribution of the Four Northern Islands," referring to the disputed territory.
"It would be naive to think that it can be solved quickly," Putin said after meeting Abe on the sidelines of the forum.
He suggested Abe would never accept a deal that would be political suicide.
"This appears to be just emotions and an attempt to put pressure rather than anything real," he told AFP.
Putin and Abe have held numerous meetings over the past few years in a bid to solve the dispute over the islands.
The two countries have launched various economic projects on the islands in areas such as the farming of fish and shellfish, wind-generated energy, and tourism.
The four islands whose population stands at some 20,000 people are known in Russianas Iturup, Shikotan, Habomai and Kunashir.