The leaders of Japan and Russia are sitting down after the G20 summit. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes the meeting will push forward negotiations toward a peace treaty. The sticking point has been a disagreement over four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.
Abe said, “I would like to talk about peace-treaty negotiations which are now underway between our countries’ foreign ministers, as well as between the chief negotiators. I also want to discuss cooperation in a wide range of areas and the global challenges.”
President Vladimir Putin said, “I am delighted to be able to talk about various issues with you today. They include peace-treaty negotiations.”
This is the 26th time Abe and Putin have met. The last time was in January in Moscow.
Foreign ministers from the two sides have failed to bridge the gap in their negotiations.
The countries never signed a peace treaty after World War Two because of the territorial dispute.
Russia controls the four islands. Japan claims them.
The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of its territory. It says they were illegally occupied after World War Two.