Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Putin: Peace treaty first, N. islands later

China takes center stage at opening of Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok Zolotoi Rog Bay in Vladivostok Russia
Faye Gross | 14 September, 2018, 18:35

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise proposal to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, saying that their countries should conclude a post-World War II peace treaty "without any preconditions" by the end of the year.

During his tightly scheduled 30-hour stay in Vladivostok, the Chinese president attended the fourth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and met with leaders of other countries in the region, among other activities. But Abe, who was sitting on the same stage, did not provide any response during the forum.

In his remarks on September 12, Putin said concluding a pact would create a better atmosphere and enable Russian Federation and Japan to "continue to resolve all outstanding issues like friends".

The main obstacle to signing a peace treaty is Tokyo's long-standing claims to the southern part of the Russian Kuril Islands, collectively known in Japan as the "Northern Territories". In September, 1951, the Soviet Union refused to sign the Peace Treaty of San Francisco with Japan.

Xi's visit, Wang said, has vigorously expanded the landscape of China-Russia sub-national cooperation and further deepened the integration of the two countries' interests.

Russian and Japanese foreign ministry officials said work on the future agreement would continue as usual.

'Fake' Chemical Attack Filmed in Syria, Russian Military Claims
Kalin said Turkey expects all parties to make "constructive" contributions and agree on a political solution on Syria. A second rebel commander said: "They are getting new shipments of munitions - they don't need more than munitions".


Xi and Putin had their third meeting in four months, charting the future course of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and exchanging views on major global and regional issues, Wang said.

"We've been trying to solve the territorial dispute for 70 years". "This stance hasn't changed".

Meeting Abe on the sidelines of the forum in Vladivostok two days earlier, Putin had told the Japanese prime minister that "it would be naive to think that it can be resolved quickly".

On Tuesday, Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF) - a joint undertaking of the state-owned China Investment Corporation and Russian sovereign wealth fund - announced that a group of of Russian and Chinese businesses are considering 73 joint investment projects, with a cumulative value of more than $100 billion.

He suggested Abe would never accept a deal that would be political suicide.

In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference that the Russian leader did not make any such proposal during the bilateral meeting with Abe.

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