Russia, Japan working on peace treaty

After attending the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in St. Petersburg, Russia, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russia President Vladimir Putin held a meeting at Kremlin on May 26.

Putin said after the meeting that they discussed the peace treaty.

“During the talks we discussed issues related to the peace treaty. We feel it important to continue a patient search for a solution which would meet the strategic interests of both Russia and Japan and would be acceptable for the people of both countries,” he said.

“We have reviewed in this context the implementation of the agreements on joint economic activities in the southern Kuril Islands,” the Russian leader added.

He said they are satisfied with the state of dialogue in five previously approved fields – aquaculture, greenhouse farming, package tours, wind farming and waste processing.

“We also supported a proposal on sending the third Japanese business mission to the islands in the second half of the year. We will keep addressing problems related to the humanitarian part of the matter, and we will assist Japanese citizens in visiting the islands,” he added.

Before the meeting, Prime Minister Abe said “in Nagato we expressed our sincere resolve to settle the peace treaty problem. Our countries have started new relations since.”

“We made advances in concrete joint economic projects on the four islands and in implementing humanitarian measures for their former residents,” the Japanese leader said.