Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:
“I hope that following the talks between Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe in Singapore, the process of concluding a peace treaty between Russia and Japan will reach a visible trajectory. This issue that our countries cannot solve for more than 70 years, has become a real anachronism.
The absence of a peace treaty in no way corresponds to a sufficiently high level of our interstate relations. Contacts between the leaders of our countries become more active, cooperation is growing in the economic, humanitarian and in political spheres.
I think that the readiness declared by Abe together with Putin to put an end to this problem creates real prospects for signing the treaty in the foreseeable future. And it will be a worthy response to the policies of the G7 countries that support and impose sanctions against Russia”.