Kremlin ready for talks on Putin's proposal
NHK -- Sep 13
The Russian government has expressed readiness to open talks with Japan on President Vladimir Putin's proposal to sign a peace treaty by the end of the year without any preconditions.

Putin made the offer after a speech by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Wednesday.

Putin added that Russia and Japan will continue to address all controversial issues as friends based on the peace treaty.

One issue involving both countries is the so-called Northern Territories. Russia controls the 4 islands. Japan claims them. The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan's territory.

It says the islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.

Russia's presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov described the proposal as an impromptu and completely new idea.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said Russia is ready and expressed hope that talks with Japan's diplomats could start soon.

ロシアのプーチン大統領は、安倍総理大臣に対して「前提条件なし」で「今年の年末まで」に平和条約を結ぶことを提案しました。 プーチン大統領の提案は唐突でしたが、会場からは大きな拍手が起きました。 ロシア・プーチン大統領:「今ではなく、年末までに平和条約を結ぼう。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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