TOKYO, November 13. /TASS/. Japan is preparing for bilateral meetings of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of G20 summit in Turkey this weekend, the head of the Japanese government has said.
"Now preparations for the meetings with the presidents [of Russia and the US] Putin and Obama are underway," Abe told reporters in his residence on Friday.
"In case the meeting with Russia’s president takes place, I would like it to contribute to implementing the agreement on bolstering talks on concluding the peace treaty," he said.
On September 28, Putin said during his meeting with Abe in New York within the framework of the UN General Assembly session that Moscow and Tokyo had prospects for improving trade whose volume had declined recently. Putin said the sides have recently stepped up contacts in various directions.
Abe said that he intends to calmly discuss with Russia the issue of concluding a peace treaty. "I was re-elected at the head of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party. Now we have a firm basis to further discuss calmly with Vladimir Putin the problems pertaining to signing a peace treaty. I am ready to make efforts to further develop our relations," he said.
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.