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New approach: Why Russia and Japan might finally settle the island dispute

Photo: Putin and Abe during the meeting in Sochi, May 2016 (Source: Sputnik News) World War II has not only left a huge impact on modern international relations but also a number of unresolved issues. It has been 71 years since its end and yet, there are two countries who until now failed to sign a peace treaty due to a lack of agreement on the territorial status of four islands in the Pacific. A number of measures were proposed by both Russia (and before that, Soviet Union) and Japan to initiate the peace talks and settle the dispute but every time some obstacles have prevented them from doing it. The issue had been put on hold for more than a decade until Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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