Abe wants to take talks on peace treaty to new level at meeting with Putin at EEF sidelines

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Russia’s Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok, where he is due to attend a plenary meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to take the talks on a peace treaty with Russia to a new level at the upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I want to have an honest conversation with President Putin to take the talks on a peace treaty to a new level,” Abe told reporters before departing for Vladivostok to take part in the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).

He added that “agreements reached in 2016 in Nagato with the president are being implemented” and expressed hope that the meeting in Vladivostok will facilitate their further realization.

Abe also noted that active preparations are underway for conducting joint economic activities on the Kuril Islands.

Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said earlier that Putin and Abe will meet on September 5 on the sidelines of the EEF, and were expected to discuss bilateral cooperation and a peace treaty.

The fifth Eastern Economic Forum is taking place in Vladivostok on September 4-6. Roscongress Foundation is the organizer of the event. TASS news agency is the event’s general information partner, the official photo hosting agency and moderator of the presentation zone focusing on the Russian Far East’s innovation opportunities.