Putin says Russia's defence ties with China based on trust

Putin says Russia's defence ties with China based on trust

Russian Federation and Japan have not signed a peace treaty since World War II because of a dispute about Pacific islands known in Russian Federation as the Kuriles and in Japan as the Northern Territories.

The summit will take place during Xi's working visit to Russia's far-eastern port city of Vladivostok on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Chinese foreign ministry said Friday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that Japan remains unchanged in its stance to sign a peace treaty with Russian Federation after resolving the issue of the four northern islands.

Japanese and Chinese officials have been discussing private sector cooperation in third countries, with China believed eager for Japanese firms to take part in its Belt and Road Initiative of infrastructure and trade links between China and Eurasia.

Japan rejected the idea of Putin about a peace Treaty without conditions.

To that end, Japan will work to promote friendship between the two peoples and properly handle sensitive issues, he said, adding that on history and Taiwan issues, Japan has not changed its stance confirmed in bilateral political documents.

Japan has been committed to participating in China's reform and opening up process, while China's development has also exerted a positive and important influence on Japan, said Abe.




Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that Russian Federation and China should work together to oppose trade protectionism and what he called unilateral approaches to worldwide problems, a veiled reference to USA foreign policy.

On Monday, Putin had seemed to pour cold water on suggestions that the dispute could be solved soon.

"This is called trolling".

Since he rose to power in 2012, he and Putin have met 22 times to try to make progress in the dispute over the sovereignty of four islands - known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russian Federation.

After numerous meetings over the past few years between Abe and Putin, they have launched various economic projects on the islands in areas such as the farming of fish and shellfish, wind-generated energy, and tourism.

The islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and the Habomai islet group were seized by the Soviet Union after Japan surrendered in World War II in August 1945.

It is not the first time to cook together; In June when Putin visited he made a Chinese pancake which was later served to Xi.

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