Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking at the opening of Japan’s parliamentary session
Japan’s government plans to sign a peace treaty with Russia based on the solution of the territorial issue, said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking at the opening of Japan’s parliamentary session on Wednesday.
“Relations with Russia are in abnormal state. The two countries have been without a peace treaty for more than 70 years,” he said. The prime minister noted that the agreements reached during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan in December 2016 are being gradually implemented.
“Former residents of the islands have visited the graves of their ancestors, travelling by plane, for two years already. The issue of carrying out joint economic activity there approached the implementation stage as well,” Abe went on. “Based on relations of confidence with President Vladimir Putin, we will solve the territorial issue and sign the peace treaty with Russia. We will open a new era in bilateral relations.”