Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to begin a new era in Japanese-Russian relations and put an end to the dispute over the Kuril Islands. These statement Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Saturday, 3 September, during a speech in the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum, reports Reuters.
"As a leader of Japan, I am convinced of the correctness of Japan's position, just like you, Vladimir, convinced of the correctness of the position of Russia. But if we continue in the same vein, we can conduct such a debate for decades. If you leave everything as is, without changes, neither I nor you will not be able to provide the best opportunities for future generations.
Vladimir, you and I are men of the same generation, let's be bold and take the responsibility. Let's overcome all difficulties and leave the next generation of people to a world in which our two countries will open their powerful potential. Let's put an end to this abnormal situation, which lasted 70 years, and together begin to build a new era in Japanese-Russian relations, which will last for the next 70 years, "- said Abe.