"We have already reported on the basic understanding that was reached, on agreements to intensify the negotiation process on the basis of the 1956 Declaration," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that he would not like to disclose the details of the conversation and noted that Putin and Abe had talked about the peace treaty tete-a-tete.
The official stressed that the only thing he could confirm was that the issue of Japan’s allied commitments was "quite important in the context of discussing the peace treaty", and "Japan has allied obligations to its allies."
Japan has for years maintained that the Kuril Islands should be recognized as a part of its territory as a precondition for signing the peace treaty with Russia, which was never concluded after World War II.
On Protecting Soldiers at Azov Sea
Dmitry Peskov also commented on the issue of Azov Sea stressing that the Kremlin does not rule out the possibility of Russia taking measures to protect its sailors there.
"I cannot say right now. The situation is certainly being closely monitored, and in strict accordance with international law of the sea, with international law, of course, measures can be taken to protect the interests of Russian sailors and Russian legal entities and individuals," Peskov told reporters when asked if Moscow could take any actions to protect Russian sailors in the Sea of Azov.
The spokesman's statement comes as Ukraine's state border service has detained 15 vessels for "illegal entry into the ports of occupied Crimea."