"We are convinced that signing a peace treaty after solving the territorial problem would bring Japanese-Russian relations to a new, higher level. The Japanese government will continue efforts to get to that end goal," he said.
The ambassador's statement comes after former Russian ambassador to Japan Alexander Panov told Sputnik last week that a possible peace treaty with Japan could help Russia to alleviate its concerns over the US military presence in Japan.
Russia and Japan have been technically at war after failing to sign a post-WWII peace treaty. Japan claims four disputed islands off its northern tip called the Southern Kurils in Russia. Moscow and Tokyo restored diplomatic ties after signing a declaration in 1956, in which the then Soviet Union offered to return two of the islets, Habomai and Shikotan, to Japan.