Russian-Japanese Summit Meeting Putin: Confirmed Will to Sign Peace Treaty

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 Russian-Japanese Summit Meeting Putin: Confirmed Will to Sign Peace Treaty


Putin and Abe met. Source: Russian Satellite Network

Overseas Network January 23, according to Russian Satellite Network reports, local time Tuesday (22), Russian President Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held more than three hours of talks in Moscow. After the meeting, Putin said that Russia and Japan confirmed their willingness to sign a peace treaty.

Putin is reported to have stressed that the next step is to work patiently and meticulously to finalize terms for a mutually acceptable solution. The task is to ensure the long-term, comprehensive and high-quality development of Russian-Japanese relations. Of course, the solution proposed by both sides should be acceptable to both Russian and Japanese people and supported by both societies.

Putin pointed out that he and Abe have had many years of dialogue on the Russian-Japanese peace treaty. During their meeting in Singapore in November 2018, they agreed to speed up the negotiation process on the basis of the 1956 Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration, according to which the two countries should sign the peace treaty first.

Putin and Abe met. Source: Russian Satellite Network

After meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Abe said that Japan and Russia would carry out joint economic activities on the disputed islands. He also said that they had instructed their foreign ministers to hold new negotiations on a peace treaty in February, probably in Munich.

President Putin and I welcome the peace treaty negotiations that the foreign ministers of the two countries started last week, Abe said. We have given instructions that in February, for example, during the Munich Security Conference, the foreign ministers of the two countries will hold a new round of negotiations, and that the special envoys of the leaders of the two countries should also hold negotiations at that time.

Putin and Abe, Source: Russian Satellite Network

It is reported that Russia and Japan have been unable to sign a peace treaty since the end of World War II. On the basis of the bilateral trade boundary treaty signed by Russia and Japan in 1855, Japan demanded the return of the four islands of the South Thousand Islands (the four northern islands in Japan): Chou Chao Island, Guohou Island, Sedan Island and Tooth Dance Island, and the return of the four islands as conditions for signing a peace treaty with Russia. Moscows position is that the South Kuril Islands (the four northern islands) have been incorporated into the territory of the Soviet Union according to the results of World War II, and Russia has indisputable sovereignty over them. According to the Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration signed in 1956, the Soviet Union agreed to consider the transfer of Tooth Dance and Sedan Islands from the South Kuril Islands (the four northern islands) to Japan after the signing of the peace treaty between the two sides, but the declaration did not mention the issue of the ownership of Guohou Island and Chongchao Island. Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Han Jiapeng_NN9841

It is reported that Russia and Japan have been unable to sign a peace treaty since the end of World War II. On the basis of the bilateral trade boundary treaty signed by Russia and Japan in 1855, Japan demanded the return of the four islands of the South Thousand Islands (the four northern islands in Japan): Chou Chao Island, Guohou Island, Sedan Island and Tooth Dance Island, and the return of the four islands as conditions for signing a peace treaty with Russia. Moscows position is that the South Kuril Islands (the four northern islands) have been incorporated into the territory of the Soviet Union according to the results of World War II, and Russia has indisputable sovereignty over them.

According to the Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration signed in 1956, the Soviet Union agreed to consider the transfer of Tooth Dance and Sedan Islands from the South Kuril Islands (the four northern islands) to Japan after the signing of the peace treaty between the two sides, but the declaration did not mention the issue of the ownership of Guohou Island and Chongchao Island.