RuS­SiA, JA­PAn Con­CludE PEACE trEAty

The Sunday Guardian - - World - REUTERS

DANANG, Viet­nam: Con­clud­ing a peace treaty be­tween Rus­sia and Ja­pan would in­volve Moscow ex­am­in­ing how it could be af­fected by Tokyo’s se­cu­rity com­mit­ments to its al­lies, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said on Satur­day. Rus­sia and Ja­pan never for­mally ended their hos­til­i­ties af­ter World War Two be­cause of a dis­pute over a chain of is­lands in the Pa­cific. Putin was speak­ing at the end of an APEC Sum­mit at which he said he dis­cussed talks on the treaty with Ja­pan’s Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe. He said Moscow needed to ex­am­ine “what com­mit­ments Ja­pan has and what she can do, and can­not do, in­de­pen­dently. It’s en­tirely nat­u­ral, if there are some com­mit­ments, that they ob­vi­ously have to be ob­served, and how does that im­pact our re­la­tions with Ja­pan?” “We all have to understand that it’s a lot of work, and maybe it is in­deed not a ques­tion of just one year,” the Rus­sian leader said. Putin said that there were some as­pects of the dis­pute which could al­ready be ad­dressed, in­clud­ing eas­ing visa re­stric­tions for Ja­panese cit­i­zens to visit the dis­puted is­lands, and es­tab­lish­ing eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion there. “That it to say, there are cer­tain things that can be done right away, some things prob­a­bly will take a long time,” Putin said. “It does not de­pend on who is in of­fice; Abe, Putin, or some­one else,” Putin said.

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