Russian Federation offers Japan to sign peace treaty to end formal WWII hostilities

Russian Federation offers Japan to sign peace treaty to end formal WWII hostilities

Russian Federation offers Japan to sign peace treaty to end formal WWII hostilities

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he was ready to sign a peace deal with Japan "without any preconditions" to end hostilities from World War II.

Russian Federation kicked off what it says are its largest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union on Tuesday, as it hosted a bilateral meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.

Japan is looking to build trust through such activities to pave the way for settling the decades-long territorial spat over the Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands and eventually signing a peace treaty.

China's Global Times newspaper said China and Russian Federation could "create a vital influence" when the two countries worked together.

He added that Russian Federation and Japan will continue to address all controversial issues as friends based on the peace treaty. "It seems to me counterproductive if we demand everything from the North Korean side and in response they are given nothing", he said at an event with China's Xi Jinping and Japan's Shinzo Abe.

"Shinzo said, 'Let's change our approaches.' Let's!"

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin select food, as they visit an exhibition during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

However no Japanese prime minister has paid an official visit to China since 2011 and no Chinese president has visited Japan since 2010.

"It would be naive to think that it can be solved quickly", he said after meeting Mr Abe on the sidelines of the forum on Monday.

The "nine bridges'" include cooperation in shipbuilding, arctic shipping, seaports, energy and natural gas, as well as railways, jobs, agriculture and fishing.

He told Putin Monday that Moscow and Tokyo "face a hard task" but that the two leaders share "mutual confidence" in pursuing the negotiations.

Xi and Putin, among others, watched a video of the days when the Chinese boys and girls lived in the care center 10 years ago.

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