The Japanese government plans to bring talks with Russia to a new level with the goal of solving the territorial issue and signing a peace treaty, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the parliament on Friday, APA reports citing TASS.
"Now joint economic activity has been launched on the four northern islands [the Southern Kuril Islands]. For the third year in a row, our citizens have enjoyed an opportunity to visit their ancestors’ graves, going there by plane. Bilateral agreements are consistently being implemented," Abe said delivering his speech at the parliament’s opening session.
"After solving the territorial issue, we will sign a peace treaty," he stressed. "Based on the Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration of 1956, we will advance the talks to a new level and open up huge possibilities in Japanese-Russian ties," Abe pointed out.