Putin Discussed Possibility of Signing Russia-Japan Peace Treaty With Abe

© Sputnik / Sergey GuneevDecember 15, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, meet in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
December 15, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, meet in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture. - Sputnik International
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he had discussed the possibility of signing a post-World War II peace treaty with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their talks in the country.

TOKYO (Sputnik) – Putin is visiting Japan on December 15-16. On Thursday, he held talks with Abe in the city of Nagato in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hands with a Japanese official as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, prepares to greet a member of the Russian delegation during their meeting in Nagato, Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. - Sputnik International
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"Yesterday in Nagato we held substantive negotiations with the prime minister during which we discussed the state of the whole range of Russia-Japan relations, including the issues of political nature, the possibility of signing a peace treaty," Putin said.

Moscow and Tokyo never signed a permanent peace treaty after the World War II due to a disagreement over the group of islands, which Russia calls the Southern Kurils and Japan the Northern Territories, encompassing Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai.

On Tuesday, the Russian leader gave an interview to Japanese media outlets, saying that the absence of the peace treaty was an "anachronism" that should be removed and called for full-scale normalization of bilateral ties.

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