The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi presented a plan for economic cooperation, consisting of eight items, reports Nikkei.
According to the Agency, the plan includes, in particular, the construction of LNG plants, ports, airports, hospitals and other infrastructure, mainly in the far East. “This cooperation builds on the progress made in reaching agreement on the [Kuril] Islands, which Japan calls the Northern territories”, — the newspaper notes.
Before meeting with Putin, Abe told reporters that he wants to hold a “Frank, open discussion” on bilateral relations, including the peace Treaty at the end of the Second world war, writes the Nikkei.
Abe visited Russia for the first time in 2014.
Press Secretary of the Russian President earlier said that the meeting raised the topic of the Kuril Islands. According to him, discussions were held in a “very constructive spirit”, the contacts will continue at the level of ministries of foreign Affairs of the two States.
In turn the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan Yasuhisa Kawamura in an interview to “Interfax” stated that the leaders agreed on a new approach to resolve the problem of a peace Treaty. “Prime Minister Abe and President Putin agreed to use a new approach and make a breakthrough in this matter given the fact that it should be built oriented to the future Sino-Russian relations,” said Kawamura.
“Solving the problem of the Islands is the conclusion of a peace Treaty. It is our fundamental position,” said the Japanese diplomat.
The southern Kuril Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai ridge are the subject of a territorial dispute between Russia and Japan, which countries are still not able to conclude a peace Treaty. Tokyo set a condition for its signing the return of the Islands. The Russian side declares that the theme of Islands is closed and that Russian sovereignty over them cannot be questioned.