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Russia's Putin tells Japan's Abe: Let's sign peace deal this year

Russia's Putin tells Japan's Abe: Let's sign peace deal this year”

The islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and the Habomai islet group, called the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russian Federation, were seized by the Soviet Union after Japan surrendered in World War II in August 1945. During the talks in Vladivostok on Wednesday, Putin and Abe discussed the idea of building a railway bridge from Sakhalin to mainland Russian Federation, which could later be extended to the Kuril Islands and Japan.

The Eastern Economic Forum is an worldwide forum held each year since 2015 to encourage foreign investment in the Russian Far East.

Both Moscow and Tokyo claim sovereignty over the islands, known in Russian Federation as the Kurile islands and in Japan as the Northern Territories.

It has kept the two countries from signing a peace accord that would formally end their wartime hostilities.

"Shinzo said let's change approaches".

Xi and Putin had their third meeting in four months, charting the future course of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and exchanging views on major global and regional issues, Wang said. The two countries, he said, could then "continue to solve all outstanding issues like friends".

Earlier, Putin said security in the region was a key issue and that Russian Federation was concerned by a move to establish a U.S. missile defence system there.

"We've been trying to solve the territorial dispute for 70 years".

Prime Minister Lee thanked President Putin for Russia's support towards establishing permanent peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, and said that the South Korean government was doing its best to implement what was agreed in June, between Presidents Moon Jae-in and Putin, including the "nine bridges" of cooperation between South Korea and Russian Federation.

Both are opposed to U.S. missile defense systems deployed close to their borders, which they see as tools that offset the Chinese and Russian nuclear deterrents.

"This is called trolling". Last year, Tokyo launched a complaint over plans to lay an undersea telecom cable, linking the three disputed islands with Russia's Sakhalin Island. "Okay", Putin said, before proposing they sign a peace treaty. Abe smiled at the suggestion.

During Xi's visit, Xi and Putin charted the course for bilateral pragmatic cooperation in the next phase - strengthening the synergy of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union, expanding cooperation in such fields as energy, agriculture, scientific and technological innovation and finance, promoting the steady implementation of major projects, and boosting joint research and development of cutting-edge science and technology.



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