Putin tells Abe he hopes for peace treaty this year

Japanese business mission to visit Russia’s Kuril Islands – Putin & Abe

Russian President Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping on Tuesday took a break from the heavy lifting of worldwide diplomacy to toss pancakes on the sidelines of an economic forum.

The South Korean PM also said that President Moon proposed to try to increase the bilateral trade volume by 50 percent by 2020, which marks the 30th year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Soviet Union seized the four islands north of Hokkaido and east of Sakhalin in the closing days of World War II.

"Shinzo said, 'Let's change our approach".

President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping demonstrated their cooking skills on Tuesday after their talks in Russia's eastern city of Vladivostok.

"Japan and Russian Federation - both President Putin and myself - share the same position and determination to solve our territorial disputes", he said. "Let's conclude a peace agreement, not now but by the year's end without any preconditions", Putin said, prompting the audience to break into applause.


"If North Korea does something toward denuclearization it expects reciprocal steps and not endless demands for full disarmament", said Putin. They are administered by Russian Federation and claimed by Japan.

Analysts say that presence of the two leaders who have arrived from Tokyo and Seoul demonstrates the interest of key countries of the Asia-Pacific in realising Mr. Putin's ambitious regional plan, which has China and other countries, including India, as possible partners. "We are both fully aware that it will not be easy".

"The government will continue its negotiations on the basic principle that we will sign a peace treaty after resolving the issue of the attribution of the Four Northern Islands", Japan's chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

Still, a former Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Georgy Kunadze, felt this could be political posturing from Putin.

He suggested Abe would never accept a deal that would be political suicide. Putin, dressed in an apron showed Xi how to pour dough on a frying pan and turn pancakes.

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