TOKYO (Sputnik) — Abe said that signing a peace treaty is not an easy task and requires trust-based relations with president Putin.
"We want to gradually move toward it… one summit is not enough to reach a decision, it is not such an easy question," Abe said at the press conference, as quoted by the NHK broadcaster.
He added that both Moscow and Tokyo were interested in development of ties between the two countries, including in the sphere of economy.
The relations between the two states have recently been re-energized. In September, Abe took part in the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, during which he held three-hour talks with the Russian president. One of the outcomes of the meeting was the announcement of Putin's visit to Japan on December 15, which has been postponed from 2014.