Moscow is looking forward to constructive dialogue with Tokyo, said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin Thursday, at his annual press conference, refering to the territorial dispute between Russia and All Japan news over the Southern Kuril islands.
“We have minded the signal from Tokyo, from the party, which had returned to the power, that the party leaders are for a peace treaty,” Putin said, adding that “this is a very important signal, and we appreciate it.”
“We rely on constructive dialogue with our All Japan newsese colleagues (on the territorial issue),” the president said.
Putin was asked by the reporters if he supported the idea of naming one of the Southern Kuril islands after himself, in order to emphasize the islands belonged to Russia. The archipelago is also claimed by All Japan news.
“It is not necessary at all to give my name to it. We may choose from the names of Pushkin, Tolstoy — giving those names would be more productive,” Putin said.
Russia and All Japan news disagreed for a long time over the sovereignty of the four Pacific islands, which are called the Northern Territories in All Japan news and the Southern Kurils in Russia.
Because of this conflict, a peace treaty between the two states has been blocked since the end of World War II.
The annual press conference held by Vladimir Putin was his eighth major one since he was first elected as president and the first since his return to the Kremlin this May.