Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the significance of concluding a Russia-Japan peace treaty, noting that it "should meet the strategic interests of both Russia and Japan." He spoke at a joint press conference alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Moscow on Saturday.

Putin said, "We believe it is important to keep looking patiently for solutions [to the peace treaty], which should meet the strategic interests of both Russia and Japan and be accepted by the peoples of the two countries."

Abe echoed Putin's sentiments, saying that "the issue of the peace treaty, which has not been signed in over 70 years, is not easy to tackle," before adding that "we want to put an end to this problem. It is our crucial objective."

Four islands located between Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula and Japan's northern island of Hokkaido are the cause of the long-standing territorial dispute between Russia and Japan.

In Russia, the islands are known as the Southern Kuril Islands, while Japan refers to them as the Northern Territories. Both Russia and Japan claim ownership of the islands, with the decades-long disagreement leaving a post-WWII peace deal still unsigned.

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SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): "We believe it is important to keep looking patiently for solutions [to a peace treaty], which should meet the strategic interests of both Russia and Japan and be accepted by the peoples of the two countries." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): "We are satisfied with the state of affairs in the five sectors approved earlier, namely aquaculture, greenhouse farming, package tours, wind energy and waste recycling." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): "We have backed the proposal regarding the beginning of the third Japanese business mission in the [Kuril] Islands in the second half of this year." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): "We will continue to address humanitarian issues related to this case [the dispute over the Southern Kuril Islands] and facilitate trips by Japanese citizens to these islands." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister (Japanese): "As I have already noted, in the city of Nagato, in my homeland, we have agreed with Mr Putin to state our sincere position in pursuit of a peace treaty. Our such strong [commitment] will pave the way to a new stage of relations between Japan and Russia. Once again, together we have confirmed our determination to turn to new approaches, move consistently forward towards the conclusion of the peace treaty." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister (Japanese): "The issue of the peace treaty, which has not been signed in over 70 years, is not easy to tackle. However, we want to put an end to this problem. It is our crucial objective." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister (Japanese): "The most important thing is that North Korea, as the UNSC resolution declares, carries out a complete, irreversible and verifiable de-nuclearisation. Japan and Russia will keep in touch closely so that North Korea follows the right path." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister (Japanese): "In line with the Pyongyang Declaration between Japan and the DPRK, it is necessary to make a comprehensive decision on the nuclear issues and problems related to kidnappings, fix an unfortunate past and seek an improvement of the state's relations. I am sure that President Putin shares this consistent approach with our country." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

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