The head of the Japanese government Shinzo Abe has promised to continue the dialogue on the conclusion of a peace Treaty with Russia.
in early January, the Japanese Prime Minister said that this year there will be a "turning point" in the history of territorial disputes between countries.
Relations of Moscow and Tokyo for a long time darkens the lack of a peace Treaty and territorial debate. Japan claims the Islands, Kushnir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai. The Russian position is that these territories became part of the USSR according to the results of the Second world war and the sovereignty of the Russian capital prepared in Accordance with international law, can not be questioned.
in 1956 the USSR and Japan signed a joint Declaration, according to which Moscow has agreed to consider transferring the Islands of Habomai and Shikotan, however, the project was not. In November, after meeting the current leaders of the two countries - Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe - the parties announced the acceleration of negotiations on the conclusion of the contract on the basis of this document.