Russia willing to compromise on territorial dispute with Japan - Putin
Vladimir Putin has said Russia is willing to compromise on a territorial dispute that has bedevilled relations with Japan for eight decades, but said this would not include the trade or sale of the islands held by Moscow and claimed by Tokyo, Reuters reported.
“We’re not talking about some exchange or some sale," the Russian president told Bloomberg News. "We are talking about finding a solution where neither of the parties would feel defeated or a loser.”
The row over Moscow's seizure of the territory off Hokkaido - called the Northern Territories by Japan and Southern Kuriles by Russia - in the final days of World War Two has prevented the two countries from ever signing a treaty formalising the end of the war.
“We don’t trade in territories, although the problem of a peace treaty with Japan is a key one," Putin said through an interpreter. "And we would very much like to find a solution to this problem with our Japanese friends."