Russia and Japan ready to seek compromise on peace treaty

Moscow and Tokyo are ready to seek compromise on the conclusion of a bilateral World War II peace treaty, despite the fact that their stances on its possible conditions are different, RIA Novosti reports Russian FM Sergei Lavrov as saying.

“Our stances on the peace treaty are still different, but we have confirmed our readiness to continue efforts to find a compromise,” Lavrov told a press conference after talks with his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba.

The row over the Kuril Islands, which are known as the Northern Territories in Japan, has prevented the two countries from signing a formal peace treaty since the end of World War II.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry quoted Lavrov as telling Gemba that bilateral talks on the issue should be held "in a quiet atmosphere, without preliminary conditions or one-sided historical links."

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