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Compromise With Japan on Kuril Islands Possible

02.09.2016 09:04

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will discuss the dispute over the South Kuril Islands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and that a compromise is possible provided there is a "high level of trust."

Japan and Russia have never signed a permanent peace treaty after World War II due to a disagreement over four islands, which Russia calls the Southern Kurils and Japan the Northern Territories. The disputed islands, located in the Sea of Okhotsk, were claimed by Soviet forces at the end of the war.

According to Putin, a compromise with Japan is not closer than it was in 1956, when the Soviet–Japanese Joint Declaration, which reestablished diplomatic ties between the sides after the Second World War, was signed, but dialogue on the Kurils issue is ongoing. Read more: