ABSTRACT: Kyodo News Agency reported that Putin did not show any concession on the territorial issue of the disputed islands between Japan and Russia (Japans four northern islands, Russias South Kuril Islands), and the negotiating environment further deteriorated.
BEIJING, Sept. 9, is about two months away from the Japan-Russia summit held at the end of June. On September 5, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Putin met again in Vladivostok, Russias Far East. Japans Kyodo News Agency reported that Putin did not show any concessions on the territorial issue of the disputed islands between Japan and Russia (Japans four northern islands, Russias South Kuril Islands), and the negotiating environment further deteriorated.
It is reported that Abe delivered a speech at the plenary meeting of the Oriental Economic Forum held in Vladivostok on September 5, stressing that the eight economic cooperation he proposed would help solve the problems of health, employment and environmental protection. He also praised his close relationship with Putin and called for a peace treaty.
Putin also embraced Abe on stage, but when talking about the disputed islands, Putin reiterated that the Japan-US security treaty was an obstacle to the conclusion of a peace treaty between Japan and Russia.
In addition, Putin also mentioned the visa-free exchange mechanism between the disputed islands between Japan and Russia, saying that Russia allowed visa-free visits to the Japanese out of political judgment and humanitarian views, in particular, and advocated that Russia had made concessions to Japan.
Reported that although Abe frequently talked with Putin and actively promoted economic cooperation, Putin did not show any compromise attitude on the territorial issue.
Former Ambassador Panov pointed out that Putins position was that as long as Japan and the United States have special military relations, it is impossible to conclude a peace treaty between Japan and Russia. He believed that the situation was grim and said that the negotiations between Japan and Russia have been completely hopeless and no progress is expected.
Source: Responsible Editor of CNN: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026