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Suga comments on Putin’s proposal to conclude peace treaty without preconditions

  • September 13, 2018
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NHK reported online that concerning President Putin’s proposal on concluding a peace treaty with Japan without any preconditions by the end of this year, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told reporters this morning that the remarks reflect President Putin’s strong desire to develop the Japan-Russia relationship and that Russia is aware of Japan’s position. Suga reportedly said: “We are in constant communication with Russia, but I would like to refrain from commenting on the details of our discussions. I think President Putin’s remarks reflect his strong desire to conclude a peace treaty and to accelerate the development of the Japan-Russia relationship.” When asked whether President Putin’s proposal is aimed at shelving the territorial issue, Suga reportedly said: “Japan’s basic position is to conclude a peace treaty after resolving the territorial issue. The Russian side is well aware of our position.”

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