Russia seeks peace treaty with new Japanese government

08:16, June 11, 2010      

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Russia was ready to discuss a peace treaty with the new Japan government led by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Japanese counterpart Katsuya Okada by phone Thursday.

"The readiness for further joint work has been expressed to develop the relations between Russia and Japan, including political dialogue and mutual profitable cooperation in trade, economics and international relations," said a statement from the ministry posted on its website.

Russia and Japan have still not signed a peace treaty, more than 60 years after the end of World War II. The major stumbling block is a dispute over the ownership of four Pacific islands.

The four islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia, were occupied by Soviet troops in 1945 and are currently under Russian control.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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