Japan PM eyes Russia visit early next year to drive peace treaty talks

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Posted: Dec 20, 2016 12:04 AM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he aimed to visit Russia early next year to accelerate talks for resolving a territorial row and concluding a peace treaty officially ending World War Two hostilities.

Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin last Friday wrapped up two days of talks in Japan with numerous economic deals but no big breakthrough on the territorial dispute over the string of Western Pacific islands.

"President Putin and I share a strong resolve to put an end to this problem, which has been left unresolved since the end of the war," Abe said in a speech.

"I would like to visit Russia early next year and accelerate this momentum for improvement in bilateral ties."

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)