Vladimir Putin Proposed to the Prime Minister of Japan to Conclude a Peace Treaty in 2018
OREANDA-NEWS President Vladimir Putin said that he accepted the offer of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to change the approach to negotiations on a Peace Treaty. The Russian President invited him to sign a contract before the end of the year.
"Such a simple idea came to my head right now," Putin said at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum.
Putin recalled that the countries of 70 years trying to reach a Peace Treaty. He told again about the Soviet-Japanese Declaration of 1956, which ended the state of war between the countries. The Declaration was ratified by the Parliament of Japan and the Supreme Soviet of the USSR and meant the conclusion of a Peace Treaty in a short time.
"So, we have been negotiating for 70 years. Shinzo said, let's change the approach. Come on. Let's make a Peace Treaty, not now, but for the rest of the year. Without any preconditions. And then on the basis of a Peace Treaty, as friends, we will continue to resolve all controversial issues. This would make it easier for us to solve all the problems, " Putin said.
So Putin reacted to the words of the Japanese Prime Minister, who once again called for a Peace Treaty. Shinzo Abe said that obstacles to the implementation of the Peace Treaty still remain. "Mr. President Putin, let us once again confirm our determination, our intentions in front of numerous witnesses, in front of our entire audience. If we don't do it now, when will we? If we don't do it, who else will do it?"- Prime Minister of Japan addressed Putin.
The conclusion of a peace Treaty is hampered by contentious issues between countries. Thus, Japan claims the Kuril Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, referring to the Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. Russia insists that the Islands became the territory of the USSR after the Second World War.
Abe admitted that the leaders of the two countries already know very well that it is not easy to do. "But we are responsible for future generations. We are responsible for completely removing the entire post-war landscape from North - East Asia and changing the future, filling it with hope," the head of the Japanese government said.