Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not want the problem of concluding a peace Treaty with Russia passed the next head of government, and he hopes to sign a peace Treaty with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He stated this at a meeting of the budget Committee of the lower house of Parliament, reports Jiji Press.
“I don’t think about how to pass the baton to [the peace Treaty] on. I think that personally with President Putin signing the Treaty,” said Abe.
In mid-December last year, Putin visited Japan for the first in 11 years, official visit, during which he held talks with Abe. Following the visit the parties signed several agreements, including on simplification of visa regime between the countries and joint economic activities on the Kuril Islands. According to Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, Putin and Abe was personally involved in the elaboration of a joint document on economic activities on the Kuril Islands, because before the meeting, the experts were unable to produce the text of the statement.
According to the head of the Japanese government, the talks with Putin lasted for about five hours. After the meeting, Abe said that the Russian leader’s visit to Japan contributed to “a new, large take-off of Japanese-Russian relations,” and the talks “was an important and big step forward towards conclusion of a peace Treaty between Japan and Russia.” But talk about the solution to the problem of “too early,” noted Abe.
Before the trip to Japan, Putin called the absence of a peace Treaty between the two countries “an anachronism of the past”, which “prevents us from moving forward, to develop.”
All the Kurile Islands were incorporated into the USSR after the Second world war, but the ownership of Islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and group of Islands Habomai is disputed by Japan. In 1956, signed a joint Declaration ending the state of war between the USSR and Japan, but the peace Treaty still not signed.