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Peskov: Signing peace treaty is major goal

A Russian Presidential Office spokesperson says signing a peace treaty with Japan is a major goal in ongoing talks.


Dmitry Peskov made the remarks on Sunday during a state-run TV program. The remarks come after Tuesday’s summit in Moscow between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Peskov said that a major goal in the talks is not to give something or get something, but to sign a peace treaty and end World War Two.


He suggested that the territorial issue over the four Russian-held islands should be separate from the peace deal.


Peskov also noted that Japan’s support for sanctions imposed by Western powers against Russia is impeding the signing of the treaty.

Last September, Putin made a proposal to Abe that the two countries sign a peace treaty by the end of the year without any preconditions.


Japan rejected it, insisting that a peace treaty should only be signed after resolving the issue of the attribution of the four Russian-held islands. Russia controls the islands. Japan claims them.


The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan’s territory. It says the four islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.
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