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Putin says Japan must agree to Russia's terms for peace treaty

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Russia will only sign a formal peace treaty with Japan on terms that meet Moscow's interests, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
ULAN BATOR, May 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will only sign a formal peace treaty with Japan on terms that meet Moscow's interests, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

Russia and Japan have yet to sign a formal treaty ending World War II hostilities, due to their territorial dispute over the four South Kuril Islands, former Japanese territory annexed by the Soviet Union after the war.

"This [peace treaty] can only be done in a way that will meet the national interests of the Russian Federation," Putin told reporters.

He said the content of a peace treaty would be a focus of future bilateral negotiations.

The premier said on Tuesday that President Dmitry Medvedev would discuss territorial issues and a formal peace treaty with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso at the upcoming G8 summit in Italy.

Putin visited Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss the long-standing dispute, along with economic, energy and international issues.