Putin Surprises Abe With Offer of Japan-Russia Peace Treaty

Mikhail Metzel  TASS

Mikhail Metzel TASS

Observers say that his visit is part of a fresh round of New Delhi's engagement with Moscow, which will culminate in October when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host Mr. Putin for the India-Russia annual summit.

President Vladimir Putin suggested Wednesday that Russian Federation and Japan sign a peace treaty this year, ending World War II hostilities "without any preconditions" as a territorial dispute has led to decades of deadlock.

Abe praised his meeting with Xi, saying they held "highly significant talks regarding Japan-China relations and the various issues that we face together". Just $5 a month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he was ready to sign a peace deal with Japan "without any preconditions" to end hostilities from World War II.

As Donald Trump continues to up the ante on a trade war, with the USA president recently threatening to place tariffs on all Chinese exports to the United States, Beijing is moving to further solidify its already-close partnership with Russian Federation.

Putin positioned his proposal as a spontaneous response to Abe's remarks.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking to reporters, described Putin's proposal as an impromptu idea and said the two leaders had not yet discussed it. "Let's conclude a peace treaty before the end of this year, without any preconditions".

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. In 1956, Japan and the Soviet Union agreed to end "the state of war" and restore diplomatic relations.

Since past year, Tokyo and Moscow have also agreed on charter flights for Japanese former island inhabitants to visit family graves there.

Over the years, negotiations to reach a peace agreement have seen both friendly gestures and hardline statements.

"But we are ready to look for resolutions that would work for both Russian Federation and Japan, and which would be accepted by the people in both countries", he said, adding that he was sure relations would have "new impetus" following the talks.

"It seems to me that this would facilitate the solution of all problems which we have not been able to solve during the past 70 years". This phasing is politically unpalatable to Tokyo, which would fear losing "what little leverage it has vis-a-vis Russian Federation after the signing of a peace treaty", according to Temple University Japan associate professor James Brown, who specializes in Tokyo-Moscow relations.

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