Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he planned to visit Russia in early this year
Abe stressed the necessity to deepen economic relations between the two countries, “which will eventually lead to the signing of a peace treaty.”
In December 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Japan to meet with Abe. The two leaders agreed to negotiate the disposition of the disputed islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan, and Habomai, which Russia calls the Southern Kuril and Japan calls the Northern Territory. The dispute kept Russia and Japan from signing a peace deal following the World War II.
“President Putin and I share a strong resolve to put an end to this problem, which has been left unresolved since the end of the war,” Abe said in a speech to Japanese business leaders and Government officials in a recent Summit./.
Compiled by BTA