Executive Intelligence Review


Abe Forecasts Peace Treaty Between Japan and Russia Soon

Jan. 28, 2019 (EIRNS)—TASS reports that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, delivering a speech on his program to the opening session of the Japanese Diet today, forecast that Russia and Japan would soon sign a peace treaty, finally, formally ending World War II.

“Moscow and Tokyo will solve their territorial dispute and sign a peace treaty based on the 1956 Joint Declaration, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday,” TASS reported. It quoted Abe:

“As for Russia, our nations will deepen mutual trust and friendship, solve their territorial problem and sign a peace treaty. Together with Putin we share the determination to put an end to this issue, which has been in place for more than 70 years after the war, without leaving it for the future generations.”

Abe reportedly stressed that the ongoing summits and other talks on the issue of the islands between them—where joint economic development has already begun, pursuant to earlier agreements—will be based on the 1956 Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration, which stipulated handing over to Tokyo some islands of the southern part of the Kuril Islands after signing a peace treaty.

“The Russian and Japanese leaders confirmed this stance at their Jan. 22 meeting in the Kremlin,” TASS wrote.