Prime Minister Kan “Ends without Putting Off Northern Territories Issue” September 29 at Japan-Russia Summit Telephone Talks 20:58
Prime Minister Naoto Kan held his first telephone meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday night. After this, Prime Minister Kan made it clear to reporters that he would like to put an end to the issue of the Northern Territories without delaying it to the next generation.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan held his first telephone meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for about 20 minutes after 7 p.m. on May 29.
After this, Prime Minister Kan made it clear to reporters that during the meeting, President Putin expressed his congratulations for the prime minister’s inauguration, and that he wanted to “develop the entire Japan-Russia relationship, including the conclusion of a peace treaty, and put an end to the issue of the Northern Territories without putting off the issue of the Northern Territories to the next generation.”
On the other hand, President Putin explained that he had said that he would continue to engage in dialogue on all issues between the two countries, and confirmed his intention to openly discuss Japan-Russia relations face-to-face in the near future.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said, “I felt that we can exchange views frankly with President Putin in the future. Japan would like to negotiate tenaciously based on its basic policy of resolving territorial issues and concluding a peace treaty.”