News from Russia: Putin sees opening with Japan on World War II island dispute - Bloomberg

13:29 Sep. 2, 2016

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

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an interview with Bloomberg in Vladivostok, Russia. Putin is set to find a solution to the Kuril Islands' issue (AP Photo)

Russian leader to discuss islands with Japanese leader Abe on September 2

Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a conciliatory tone before talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a territorial dispute that's prevented the countries from signing a World War II peace treaty.

Read also Japan PM vows to re-gain control of Pacific islands from Russia

Resolving the conflict over four islands occupied by the Soviet Union in the final days of the war should be part of "setting the stage for the development of inter-governmental relations for the long term," Putin said in an interview on Thursday, September 1, as he prepared to meet with Abe at the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia's Pacific port city of Vladivostok on Friday, September2. 

"We're not talking about some exchange or sale, we are talking about finding a solution where neither of the parties would feel defeated or a loser."

The two leaders, especially Abe, seem keen to show that momentum is building toward a settlement on the island spat. Full story

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