Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke of a laborious work that was still to come: In the discussions about a peace Treaty between Russia and Japan there were in the Kremlin once again, no convergence. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saw was not an easy task.

a point of contention are the Kuril Islands. They had been occupied in 1945, at the end of the Second world war, the then Soviet Union, Japan is asking for you. Therefore, even after almost 75 years ago, no peace Treaty between Moscow and Tokyo. The Kuril archipelago, connects the Russian Peninsula of Kamchatka and the Japanese island of Hokkaido in the Pacific.

Before the Meeting, several protesters in front of the Japanese Embassy in Moscow were arrested. The protest action was directed against possible plans, the Kuril Islands to Japan in return. Several people, including a Deputy of the Communists, had been taken into custody, reported the Agency Tass.

Putin and Abe agreed last year to step up the talks on a peace Treaty. “We have reaffirmed our interest in the signing of this document,” said the Kremlin chief of Russian media, according to. The basis is a Japanese-Soviet agreement of 1956, which provides for a possible return of two of the four Islands. A week ago talks got put on the level of foreign Ministers already have no approach.

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