6/20, 6:23 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Russia, Japan want 'final normalization of relations' - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is hoping he will get a chance to discuss bilateral problems with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, adding both Moscow and Tokyo want a "final normalization of relations."

"I am certain that Shinzo, just like all of us, wishes full normalization and the conclusion of a peace treaty. At times it seems this is about to happen, but very often certain issues arise to postpone a final solution of this question," Putin stated.

The peace negotiations between the two countries recently reached an impasse because of Russia's military activity in the southern Kuril Islands. At the time Moscow claimed it was operating within its borders.

Breaking the News / MD