The Kremlin does not see changes of positions after talks between Putin and Abe

The Kremlin on Tuesday, January 22, held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. The parties discussed, including the issues of Kuril Islands and conclude a peace Treaty. Following the talks, the Kremlin said that she saw changes in the positions of the parties.

Results of the talks first told reporters Vladimir Putin. According to the Russian President, Moscow and Tokyo confirmed their interest in concluding a peace Treaty. However, this solution “must be mutually acceptable to the peoples of Russia and Japan, supported by the public in both countries”, — said the Russian leader.

On the eve of visit to interview to Agency “Interfax” Abe said the intention to seek solutions to the problem of a peace Treaty. “I intend to continue close consultations with President Putin and to reach a mutually acceptable solution”. Following the meeting, Abe said that “the solution of the problem, left unresolved for more than 70 years after the war, a difficult one, but we have to do it.”

In turn, the press Secretary of Vladimir Putin Dmitry Peskov later told reporters that the Kremlin “has not fixed any change in Japan’s position” on the peace agreement during the Tuesday talks. Moscow’s position has not changed, said Peskov.

In September 2018 at the forum in Vladivostok, Putin invited the Japanese Prime Minister to conclude a peace Treaty “without any preconditions”. Abe has called this proposal unacceptable.
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