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June deal off the table for settling Northern Territories issue

2019-06-02 09:43:21       source:Asahi

June 1, 2019

The Abe administration has abandoned its plan of reaching an agreement this month with Russia regarding a peace treaty to formally end World War II because of continuing differences over the Northern Territories issue.

It had initially hoped for an agreement in principle during the scheduled June 29 meeting in Osaka between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting.

The two nations will continue negotiations toward a peace treaty, but the process is expected to be protracted.

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