Russia's Putin Tells Japan's Abe: 'Let's Sign Peace Deal This Year'

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, sitting on a stage alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, proposed on Wednesday that the two men sign a peace treaty by the end of this year.

Russia's Putin Tells Japan's Abe: 'Let's Sign Peace Deal This Year'

The two countries are in dispute over a chain of Pacific islands and as a result have still not formally ended their World War Two hostilities, Reuters reported.

“An idea has just come into my head,” Putin said, turning toward Abe, during a question and answer session at an economic forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok.

“Let’s conclude a peace treaty before the end of this year, without any pre-conditions.”

Abe, sitting alongside Putin, did not give his response.

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