For years the Japanese people have hoped for some kind of an agreement on peaceful relations and a resolution over the Kuril Islands with Russia and Japan’s Shinzo Abe, who is planning on a trip to Moscow in May, 2016 to discuss trade and probably the Kuril Islands, has released this news of Japan’s intent. Russian negotiators are presently in Japan in discussions with the Japanese and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will be arriving in Tokyo next month in April to probably make whatever negotiations have been decided on between Russia and Japan official.
I don’t think Russia and Japan would be doing this kind of high level ongoing diplomacy with Russian negotiators now in Japan unless they will announce a decision on the Kuril Islands and an official peace agreement between Russia and Japan when Abe goes to Moscow in May, 2016? Japan is also well aware of how Russia has decimated Anglo-American ISIS assets in Syria. The Anglo-Americans are probably watching closely whatever decisions Japanese and Russian negotiators make in the coming months as trade between Russia and Japan continues at a blistering pace in energy and construction.
Japanese People Have Long Hoped for Peace Treaty With Russia – PM Abe
March 24, 2016
The Japanese people have wanted to see their country’s territorial disputes with Russia resolved and the signing of a peace treaty for a long time now,Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday, adding that the two countries have been unable to achieve this since the end of World War II.
Russia and Japan are in deputy foreign ministerial-level talks on Sunday to define a timeframe for a third round of peace treaty negotiations.
TOKYO (Sputnik) – Japan and Russia haven’t signed a peace treaty in over 70 years because of a disagreement over four islands, which Russia calls the Southern Kurils and Japan refers to as the Northern Territories. The disputed islands, located in the Sea of Okhotsk, were claimed by Soviet forces at the end of WWII.
“The return of the Northern Territories and the signing of a peace treaty is a longtime desire of the Japanese people. We [the government] want to fulfill it, while the initial inhabitants of the island are still in good health,” Kyodo news agency quoted Abe as saying.
In September 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abe held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, agreeing to step up negotiations on a mutually acceptable solution to their countries’ territorial dispute.
According to media reports, Abe could make an unofficial visit to Russia in late April or early May and meet with Putin during his visit.