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Putin nixes time limit for peace treaty talks with Japan

MOSCOW, Oct. 27, Kyodo — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday expressed his opposition to setting a time frame for the signing of a post-World War II peace treaty between Russia and Japan.


“This is a case where it is impossible and even harmful, in my opinion, to determine any time limits,” Russia’s Tass news agency quoted him as saying.


Putin made the remarks at a forum in Sochi, in reply to a question from a Japanese representative who asked if a peace treaty could be signed in the next two, three or four years.


The spat over four Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands, called the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia, has prevented the two countries from concluding a postwar peace treaty.


The dispute is expected to be a prominent topic of discussion in a summit between Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan in December.

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