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

12 Sep 2018, 14:27

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their visit to the Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus joint venture plant of Sollers and Japanese Mazda in Vladivostok, Russia September 10, 2018. Photo: Reuters

Vladivostok, Russia: 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.