Kuril Islands Compromise? Moscow to Accelerate Negotiation for Russia-Japan Peace Treaty

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MOSCOW, Russia – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov could be appointed as the one in charge to step up talks between Russia and Japan to sign a peace treaty, Yury Ushakov said on Saturday.

Earlier, a source revealed that Russian and Japanese leaders Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe respectively would target those charged with stepping up negotiations.

The chosen names would also have the task of clarifying the format to discuss the issue still in the background of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, which continues on Saturday.

“We have already reached preliminary agreements on half [of the officers], but this must be agreed at the highest level,” Ushakov said when asked if Lavrov could join the circle of responsible people for intensifying the negotiation process.

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A peace treaty between Japan and Russia is necessary from the point of view of regional stability and will open up a new page in the relations between the two countries, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

“I have said it more than once and I would like to repeat it once again: we need to sign the peace treaty to exploit our potential of bilateral relations to the full. It will bring our relations to an utterly new level and will bring about utterly new benefits to our peoples. It is necessary for our region, for its stability and for the interests of settling various problems of the international community. Japan and Russia must cooperate and pool efforts to resolve such problems,” he said.

“Both Russia and Japan are very important, respectable states,” he said, adding that it is abnormal that such states have no peace treaty between them. The Japanese prime minister stressed that relations between his country and Russia have a very promising potential.

“We want to fulfil this potential to the full. Russia’s role in our region is very great and the implementation of the potential of the Japanese-Russian relations will do good not only to our two nations but to the region and the entire world,” he added.

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