Shinzo Abe insists on the summit with Vladimir Putin in 2016 to solve the disputed territories of the South Kuril Islands.
TOKYO, 4 Jan. Ivan Zakharchenko. The high-level talks with Russia requires Japan to resolve territorial issues, said Monday at a new year press conference in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“Without the summit cannot solve the problem of Northern territories”, — he told, answering a question of journalists on possibility of visit in 2016 to Japan by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Northern territories” in Japan called the southern Kuril Islands.
Shinzo Abe said that “constantly seeking” the opportunity for Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan at the most appropriate time. The Prime Minister also called “abnormal” the situation when more than 70 years after the war between the two countries solved the problem of a peace Treaty.
Abe also mentioned the important role of Russia in solving the problems of terrorism, the settlement of the situation in Syria, Iran’s nuclear issue.
Prime Minister Abe visited Moscow in the spring of 2013. A return visit of Putin to Tokyo was scheduled for the fall of 2014, but did not take place due to the complications of the international situation in connection with crisis in Ukraine. The dates of the visit have been postponed to 2015, but specific dates have not been named. In November at the G20 summit in Antalya hosted the meeting between Putin and Abe. As reported after the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, the talks touched upon the peace Treaty and Putin’s visit to Tokyo.
Japan claims the southern Kuril Islands: Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. Return to the Islands Tokyo made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which was never signed after the Second world war. Russia insists that the South Kuril Islands became part of the USSR at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them with appropriate international legal clearance, cannot be questioned.