Russia’s Vladimir Putin tells Japan’s Shinzo Abe: ‘Let’s sign peace deal this year’

Abe, sitting alongside Putin, did not give his response. The two countries have still not formally ended their World War Two hostilities.

By: Reuters | Russia | Updated: September 12, 2018 12:23:19 pm
Russia's Vladimir Putin tells Japan's Shinzo Abe: 'Let's sign peace deal this year' Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a news conference following their meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 10, 2018. Donat Sorokin/TASS Host Photo Agency/Pool via REUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin, sitting on a stage alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, proposed on Wednesday that the two men sign a peace treaty by the end of this year.

The two countries are in dispute over a chain of Pacific islands and as a result have still not formally ended their World War Two hostilities.

“An idea has just come into my head,” Putin said, turning towards Abe, during a question and answer session at an economic forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok.

“Let’s conclude a peace treaty before the end of this year, without any pre-conditions.” Abe, sitting alongside Putin, did not give his response.

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