19:17 GMT28 February 2021
Listen Live
    Get short URL
    0 30

    Russia-Japan ties have long been complicated due to the fact that the two nations didn't sign a peace treaty after the end of World War II and have a disagreement concerning a group of four southern Kuril islands. The Kremlin commented on the issue.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — There is no specific time limit for concluding a peace treaty between Russia and Japan, but there is a mutual determination to achieve this goal, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

    "There cannot be a timeframe, this is a very complex, very sensitive issue. Russia and Japan are steadily moving along the path of building mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation, which certainly helps creating a favorable atmosphere for the search for a solution to the peace treaty," Peskov said in a conference call with reporters.

    "There are no time limits here, but there is a mutual drive to achieve this result," Peskov specified.

    Russian-Japanese relations have long been complicated by the fact that the two nations have never signed a permanent peace treaty after the Second World War. No deal was reached due to a disagreement over a group of four islands claimed by both countries: Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai (collectively referred to as the South Kuril Islands).

    In December 2016, Putin paid a two-day working visit to Japan. During the visit to Nagato, Abe's home town, the two leaders discussed joint economic activity on the South Kuril Islands, which was widely considered as a breakthrough on the way to sign a peace treaty.

    In April, Abe and Putin reached an agreement to provide former residents of the Kuril Islands with an opportunity to travel to the islands by plane without visas.


    Japan to Stay in South Kuril Talks After New Russian Plan
    Powerful Earthquake Registered East of Russian Kuril Islands - USGS
    Special Legal Regime on Kuril Islands Needed for Joint Economic Activity - Japan
    Japanese Delegation to Start Visit to Russia's Kuril Islands on Tuesday
    peace treaty, Dmitry Peskov, Japan, Russia, Kuril Islands
    Community standardsDiscussion