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Kremlin spokesman says conclusion of peace treaty requires “patient efforts”

NHK reported this morning that Kremlin spokesman Peskov told a Russian news agency on Monday ahead of President Putin’s visit to Japan on Dec. 15-16 that concluding a peace treaty with Japan, including resolving the Northern Territories issue, will require “a considerable degree of patient efforts” on the part of the two nations. The spokesperson also reportedly said that concluding a peace treaty is a major topic for political dialogue between Japan and Russia and that “this subject is being scrutinized at the experts’ level.” Peskov also reportedly stressed that economic cooperation between the two nations will be not be affected by the recent indictment of Economic Development Minister Ulyukayev and that “substantial work is being carried out based on the eight-point economic cooperation plan proposed by Japan.” He also reportedly expressed expectations for the development of Japan-Russia relations in economy, trade, and investment by saying that preparations are being made for a series of documents to be signed during President Putin’s visit.

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