Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin so that the two countries can negotiate a peace treaty.The two never signed a treaty after the end of World War Two because of a dispute over four islands.Mr Abe told reporters that both leaders recognised that the lack of such a document for 70 years was “abnormal”.
Since taking office in 2012 Mr Abe has tried to improve relations with Moscow.The former Soviet Union had seized several islands which Japan calls its Northern Territories in 1945. Russia calls them the Southern Kurils. The two leaders last discussed the issue in 2013.(BBC,2015)