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    Russian-Japanese joint economic activity on the disputed South Kurils islands will contribute to reaching a peace treaty between the two states, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) – Joint economic activity of Russia and Japan on the disputed islands of South Kurils will contribute to arriving at a peace treaty between the two states, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an interview, released Sunday.

    "Certainly, this will become a big plus for conclusion of a peace treaty," Abe told the NHK broadcaster in an interview, recorded Friday.

    In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Japan to meet with Abe. As a result, the sides agreed to establish joint economic activities on the Southern Kurils in a bid to create a favorable atmosphere for talks on a peace treaty between the countries.

    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.

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