MOSCOW, July 8. /TASS/. Moscow and Tokyo continue to look for a compromise in settling the territorial dispute, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
"Search for a compromise will continue," Peskov said adding that "the leaders of two countries (Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the meeting in Sochi) confirmed their political will to do this."
He reminded about "the results of rather successful and productive last talks" between Putin and Abe. "
Firstly, an eight-step plan, a ‘roadmap’ on economic cooperation was adopted which was proposed by Japanese partners. Putin and Abe also agreed that political consultations on the territorial dispute will continue at the level of foreign ministries," Peskov added noting that "we should proceed from this."
Russia and Japan have no peace treaty signed after World War II. Settlement of the problem inherited by Russia’s diplomacy from the Soviet Union is hampered by the years-long dispute over the four islands of Russia’s Southern Kurils Shikotan, Khabomai, Iturup and Kunashir, which Japan calls its northern territories.
After World War II, in September 1945, Japan signed the capitulation, and in February 1946, the Kuril Islands were declared territories of the Soviet Union.
During the Cold War, Moscow did not recognize the territorial problem, but in October 1993, when Russian president Boris Yeltsin was on an official visit in Japan, the existence of the problem was confirmed officially. However, the two countries have reached no compromise over the dispute yet.