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Suga comments on Abe-Putin agreement on peace treaty talks

All Thursday evening papers reported on remarks made to the press on Thursday by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga, during which he commented on the agreement reached between Prime Minister Abe and Russian President Putin that Japan and Russia will accelerate talks on a peace treaty based on the 1956 Japan-Soviet Joint Declaration. Suga reportedly said: “The meeting between the two leaders was very meaningful because it gives momentum to further development of relations between Japan and Russia. Japan will continue to hold negotiations with Russia in a patient manner based on the policy of concluding a peace treaty by resolving the territorial issue. The two leaders shared a strong resolve to settle the issue themselves instead of passing it on to the next generation.”

 

Nikkei quoted Suga as saying at a regular press briefing: “With regard to the timing and conditions for the islands’ return, the government is dealing with the issue more flexibly than in the past. There is no change in Japan’s position that we will conclude a peace treaty with Russia after resolving the issue of the sovereignty of all four islands of the Northern Territories.”

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