Putin suggests Russia, Japan agree peace deal ‘without any preconditions’ by year’s end

China’s President Xi Jinping (R), Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. / AFP  /

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AFP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday suggested Russia and Japan sign a peace deal “without any preconditions” by the end of the year to try to solve a long-running territorial dispute.

“Let’s conclude a peace agreement by year’s end without any preconditions,” he told an economic forum in the far eastern city of Vladivostok attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other leaders.

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