Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Russia's Putin says his Japan peace treaty proposal was no joke

Russia's Putin says his Japan peace treaty proposal was no joke

"Let us sign the peace treaty. and later we will continue to talk about all of our disagreements as friends on the basis of a peace treaty", Putin said at an economic conference in Vladivostok.

In the past, Russian Federation and Japan have proposed initiating various joint economic projects on the disputed islands as a first step in resolving the conflict.

The top government spokesman also said Japan will not change its position of seeking to resolve the issue of the islands' sovereignty, before concluding the peace treaty with Russian Federation.

"I don't want to comment on what President Putin said", Suga said at a regular briefing in Tokyo.

Should the dispute finally be put to an end, Russian Federation and Japan could formally sign a peace agreement - 71 years after the end of the World War II.

Putin was also late for a December 2016 summit in Japan, arriving three hours later than scheduled.

As a key member in Northeast Asia, China has presented a responsible and constructive image of a major country to the rest of the world by consistently participating in regional cooperation, promoting communication and dialogue among nations in the region, and creating a harmonious and friendly environment, Wang said.

China's Global Times newspaper said China and Russian Federation could "create a vital influence" when the two countries worked together.

"There are deep and complex changes underway in the global situation, the politics of force, unilateral approaches and protectionism are rearing their head", Xi told the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) on Wednesday.

Mr Putin and Mr Abe have held numerous meetings over the past few years in a bid to solve the dispute over the islands. "Okay", Putin said, before proposing they sign a peace treaty.

A Japanese government spokesman said the country's stance had not changed.

His comments came just days after confessing that the territorial dispute between Japan and Russian Federation, which has dragged on for decades, was unlikely to be resolved in the near future.

The strategic guidance by and close contact between the heads of state of China and Russian Federation serve as powerful engines for the development of bilateral relations, Wang said.

The Japanese prime minister for his part said the two countries "have a duty to future generations".

Lying near the Japanese island of Hokkaido, the territory was taken over by Red Army troops in the final days of World War II. "We have been negotiating for 70 years", Mr Putin said.

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