Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today engaged Russian President Vladimir Putinfor another time in ties hampered by a regional question going back to WWII.
"How about we put a conclusion to this strange circumstance, which has kept going 70 years and together begin to fabricate another age in Russia-Japanties that will last the following 70 years," Abe told Putin amid a discourse interpreted into Russian after the pair Metfor talks in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok.
Tokyo-Moscow relations are hamstrung by a line going back to the end of World War II when Soviet troops grabbed the southernmost islands in the Pacific Kuril chain, known as the Northern Territories in Japan.
The strains have kept the nations from marking a peace settlement formally finishing wartime threats, upsetting exchange and venture ties.
The two sides are presently on a coordinated drive to enhance ties with Abe at present on his second excursion to Russiathis year and Putin set to visit Japanin December.
In spite of the warm words and clear yearning to enhance exchange, which has been hit by authorizations slapped on Moscow by stalwart US associate Tokyo over Russia's interfering in Ukraine, there has been no real leap.