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Can Russia and China trust each other?

Can Russia and China trust each other?

Putin and Abe have held numerous meetings over the past few years in a bid to solve the dispute over the islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories.

"It is clear that there may be nuances of our Japanese partners, and it is clear that each side is proceeding from its own positions, but President Putin is determined to solve this problem, and President Putin highly values [Japanese] Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to develop friendly relations and implement the plan of eight items [on the development of cooperation between Russian Federation and Japan] and a great number of projects based on this plan".

But a Japanese government spokesman said Japan's position had not changed and that the issue of sovereignty over the islands needed to be resolved before signing any treaties with Russian Federation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, prepare pancakes, as they visit an exhibition during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia.

Later in the same session, Putin said of his offer: "I was not joking".




Xi's Vladivostok trip is pragmatic and efficient, and conducive to promoting benign interactions between major countries, he said, adding that it was also an important move in the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. Decades after the end of WWII, the two states have yet to sign an agreement.

During the talks in Vladivostok on Wednesday, Putin and Abe discussed the idea of building a railway bridge from Sakhalin to mainland Russian Federation, which could later be extended to the Kuril Islands and Japan. They are administered by Russian Federation and claimed by Japan.

Both Moscow and Tokyo claim sovereignty over the islands, known in Russian Federation as the Kurile islands and in Japan as the Northern Territories. "Let's conclude a peace treaty before the end of this year, without any preconditions". "Putin does not expect anything", Kunadze told the Echo of Moscow radio station. "This stance hasn't changed". Last year, Tokyo launched a complaint over plans to lay an undersea telecom cable, linking the three disputed islands with Russia's Sakhalin Island.

"We've been trying to solve the territorial dispute for 70 years".

Meeting Abe on the sidelines of the forum in Vladivostok two days earlier, Putin had told the Japanese prime minister that "it would be naive to think that it can be resolved quickly".


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