TOKYO, 15 Nov — RIA Novosti, Yekaterina Plyasunova. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believes that the signing of a peace Treaty with Russia “carries benefits for both countries,” he stated in a speech on the island of Hokkaido, Kyodo news Agency reported.
“The return of the Northern territories (so in Japan called the southern Kuril Islands — ed.) is our heart’s desire, and we are committed to resolving this issue in our generation”, — quotes Agency the words of the Japanese Prime Minister.
“In the case of the signing of the peace Treaty, we intend to create conditions under which Russia would be able to understand that it carries significant benefits for both countries,” said Abe.
Japan, claiming the Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, hopes to contribute to solving territorial problems with Russia through the development of economic relations between the two countries. The return of the four Islands of Tokyo earlier made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which after the Second world war and was not signed. The position of Moscow consists that southern Kuriles became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them with appropriate international legal design, not subject to doubt.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during the past in September, Eastern economic forum that Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that the peace Treaty between Russia and Japan must be signed by them.