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Putin unwilling to end World War II with Japan

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected Japan’s call to sign a peace treaty with Tokyo on World War Two, although the military conflict ended 75 years ago.

British-Canadian news agency Reuters reports that Putin has declined the call on Thursday, September 5, in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, where he met with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The Russian President explained that Tokyo’s military ties with the United States and many other issues made it hard for Japan and Russia to sign a World War Two peace treaty.

Abe urged Putin to resolve a row between the neighbouring countries over the disputed chain of Kuril Islands that has prevented the two countries signing a peace treaty.

The Russian leader added he hoped that a peace treaty could be signed in future, however, and that the two countries could finally resolve their long-running differences.


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