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Japan PM Hopes Putin’s December Visit to Facilitate Peace Deal Talks Progress

© REUTERS / Kim Kyung-HoonJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives an address at the start of the new parliament session at the lower house of parliament in Tokyo, Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives an address at the start of the new parliament session at the lower house of parliament in Tokyo, Japan - Sputnik International
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The Japanese prime minister highlighted the significance of the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan for the progress of talks on the conclusion of the peace treaty between the two states and the subsequent boost in bilateral relations in his speech on Monday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a press conference after the conclusion of the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 - Sputnik International
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TOKYO (Sputnik) — The Russian leader is expected to visit the Asian nation on December 15.

"Visit of the president [Putin] to Japan this year may advance negotiations [on the peace treaty]… By solving the territorial issue we will put an end to the abnormal situation when our countries don’t have a peace treaty 71 years after the end of the war, we will open greater possibilities for the Japanese-Russian cooperation," Shinzo Abe said in the lower house of the local parliament.

Japan and Russia never signed a permanent peace treaty after World War II due to a disagreement over four islands, which Russia calls the Southern Kurils and Japan the Northern Territories. The disputed islands, located in the Sea of Okhotsk, were claimed by Soviet forces at the end of the war.

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