RuSSiA, JAPAn ConCludE PEACE trEAty
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.