TOKYO (Sputnik) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Tuesday his intention to put an end to the problems inherited after World War II, namely the signing of a peace treaty with Russia.
"We share the determination to put an end to the problems [signing a peace treaty with Russia] remaining after the war," Abe said at the annual National Congress, devoted to the issue of Russia's Kuril Islands, according to Kyodo News.
Abe added that to resolve the conflict, which has remained frozen for 70 years, it was essential to elaborate "an approach of the future."
Japan marks the Northern Territories [the Japanese name for the Kuril Islands] Day on February 7, the day when the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan signed the 1855 Treaty of Shimoda.
The relations between the two states have recently been re-energized. In September 2016, Abe took part in the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, during which he held three-hour talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. One of the outcomes of the meeting was the announcement of Putin's visit to Japan on December 15, which had been postponed since 2014. During Putin's visit to Japan in mid-December, the sides agreed to step up economic cooperation in the Kuril Islands and discussed issues related to the peace treaty.