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In a dispute over the islands of the Kuril chain, Russia and Japan should seek a compromise
In a dispute over the four islands of the Kuril Ridge, Russia and Japan must seek a compromise in which neither side will feel losing. This was announced yesterday by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, answering questions from foreign journalists.
"This is the subject of our negotiations, which are difficult, they have come from the past, they complicate relations. What is a draw in this case? If I knew the answer, the agreement would have been signed (...) But nothing is impossible," the Russian leader believes.
However, he recalled that Japan decided to join Western sanctions against Russia and stop the negotiation process. "What does Japan have to do with it? We are ready to conduct a dialogue, but is Japan ready?" Putin asked.