Kuril Dispute: Japan and Russia could solve a dispute over Kuril islands by the end of year

16:37 Sep. 26, 2016

Japan and Russia could solve a dispute over Kuril islands by the end of year

Iturup island, Russia, 2011 (AP Photo)

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes for a successful ending of more than 70-year-old dispute between the countries during a visit of Russian president Vladimir Putin

President Putin is to visit Japan in December. Several weeks ago Russian leader said that he could probably solve the dispute over Kuril islands. This controversy between the countries is the reason why the peace treaty between the two had not been signed at the end of World War II. 

Shinzo Abe said he hopes the countries could solve the territorial issue and put an end to the abnormal situation when 71 years after the war is over, the peace treaty is still not signed. 

At the same time, Japan Prime Minister reminded that the base of Japanese security has its close relations with the USA. 

Red more Putin sees opening with Japan on World War II island dispute - Bloomberg

On August 14, 1945, Japan accepted the Potsdam Declaration and on the following day announced unconditional capitulation. The Soviet operation to occupy the Kuril Islands took place between August 18 and September 3. Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan, and Habomai islands were annexed. Japanese inhabitants were repatriated two years later.

Read more Russia-Japan ties hit all-time-low after Moscow announces Kuril Islands military base

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