Putin: Russia and Japan moved forward on the issue of business activity in the Kuril Islands

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President Vladimir Putin said that Russia and Japan have moved forward on the question of economic activities on the Kuril Islands. According to the Russian leader, in the near future it is planned to launch several pilot projects, reports TASS.

“It is important that we managed to move forward in establishing a joint business activity on the Islands,” said he.

In addition, Putin called Japan an important partner for Russia. He congratulated Shinzo Abe on the successful holding of the G20 summit in Osaka and thanked for the invitation to visit the land of the rising sun.

The Russian leader said that they “failed to consider in detail the main issues on the bilateral agenda, they exchanged views on topical international and regional problems”. According to him, they have signed documents aimed at expansion of cooperation in various industries.

“Our countries have established close political dialogue,” he added.

Abe said that Tokyo and Moscow will continue to push forward the negotiation process for a peace Treaty. Although, he said, to resolve differences on the issue of 70 years ago is not easy.

“We understand the importance of signing a peace Treaty, and we must take steps to do so. Today we again reaffirmed their determination to advance the peace Treaty negotiations,” said Japanese Prime Minister.

He said that the two countries in recent years, “expand cooperation in such areas as drug control, cyber security and counter-terrorism”.

We will remind, Russia and Japan for decades are in talks to work out a peace Treaty at the end of the Second world war. The main obstacle is the disagreement over the ownership of the southern Kuril Islands. After the war, the entire archipelago was incorporated into the Soviet Union, but Japan disputes ownership of the Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and group of surrounding small uninhabited Islands.