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Prime Minister of Japan "is determined" to conclude a peace treaty with Russia
Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, made a number of statements regarding the conclusion of a peace treaty with Russia. “I want to do my best to solve this problem,” he said at a meeting with the mayor of Nemuro, located on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido (quoted by Nikkei). “I am determined to solve the problem of the northern territories in order to conclude a peace treaty with Russia,” Abe added. The conclusion of a peace treaty between Russia and Japan is one of the ways to resolve the territorial claims of the Japanese side to the Kuril Islands. Thus, the joint declaration of the USSR and Japan on the end of hostilities (1956) provided for the transfer to Japan at the conclusion of a peace treaty of the two southernmost islands - Shikotan and the Habomai ridge. However, Japan wanted the return of 4 islands and did not agree to sign a peace treaty. In October 2013, President Russia, Vladimir Putin announced the possibility of concluding a peace treaty with Japan. According to him, economic cooperation between the countries "creates conditions for not only dreaming, but also in practical terms to work on the conclusion of a peace treaty." Japan and Russia have resumed negotiations at the level of foreign ministries, Putin added. According to Shinzo Abe, the signing of a peace treaty is "an old dream of the Japanese people." At the same time, experts interviewed by EastRussia pay attention to one subtlety: in the public plane today, all messages relate specifically to the conclusion of a peace treaty, while the territorial issue and the division of territories claimed by Japan into two and two islands remains, as it were, “behind the scenes ". This context, according to experts, means positive trends in bilateral relations.