Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a debate in the lower house of parliament on November 26th that the Japanese government has not changed its stance on a peace treaty with Russia, which Tokyo believes should be signed after solving the Kuril Islands issue.
According to the Russian news agency TASS, answering a question from a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, he said, “We are in favour of resolving territorial issues with Russia and signing a peace treaty after that. Our stance on that issue has remained unchanged.”
The prime minister went on to say, “At the same time, I am in favour of a new approach towards negotiations with Russia. We should not cling to history only. We need to look for a mutually acceptable future-oriented solution.”