Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who decided to resign, called Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is reported by RIA Novosti.
The Japanese politician confirmed Tokyo’s desire to continue the dialogue with Moscow, including in order to resolve the issue with the Kuril Islands. In addition, Abe thanked Putin for working together.
Earlier it was reported that the Japanese Prime Minister has already spoken with the American President Donald trump. They discussed the issue of abducted Japanese citizens who are in North Korea, and Tokyo’s plans to update its defense strategy.
The resignation of the Japanese Prime Minister was announced on August 28. The decision was made because of health problems: the disease that had long plagued the politician worsened. Abe said that he deeply apologizes for the inability to fulfill his duties and regrets that he did not achieve a peace Treaty with Russia. The likely successor to the leader of the country is called the General Secretary of the government of the country Yoshihide Sugu.
Due to the aggravation of a chronic intestinal disease, ulcerative colitis, he already left the post of Prime Minister in 2007 — a year after he first took it. In 2012, Abe won the election again and has led the Japanese government ever since. He spent 2,799 days as Prime Minister.
As a result of the Second world war, no peace Treaty was signed between Moscow and Tokyo. The main obstacle to its signing was the unresolved territorial dispute over the southern part of the Kuril Islands-Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai group. The Japanese side calls the Southern Kuril Islands “Northern territories” and does not recognize Russian sovereignty over them. Moscow, in turn, does not recognize the fact of the territorial dispute.