The proposal found no response from the Japanese side.
Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan Acehide Suga ignored the proposal of the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to sign a peace agreement between the two countries to settle the dispute about the Kuril Islands.
“We will continue to persist in our negotiations with Russia, based on the traditional politics of Japan regarding the territorial dispute,” said the Secretary.
He was referring to the long-standing position of Japan that the territorial dispute should be resolved before the two countries sign any peace Treaty.
After meeting with Putin, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe said: “Putin and I share the view that this is an abnormal situation, when Japan and Russia never signed a peace Treaty, although it has been over 70 years since the end of the war.”
Another senior Japanese official said Tokyo believes that a Frank statement of Putin informally and does not deserve formal diplomatic protest.
“It would be funny if we commented on every statement that he makes,” said Suga.
The Kuril Islands are a chain of Islands between the Kamchatka Peninsula and the island of Hokkaido. Russia insists that the Islands belong to it, Japan also claims that Moscow illicitly took them myself after the Soviet Union seized them in the last days of world war II.
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