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Putin says Russia ready to continue peace treaty talks with Japan

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Saint Petersburg, Russia on June 4.   © Reuters

MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that his country is ready to continue talks with Japan toward a postwar peace treaty despite speculation that a constitutional amendment last year would prohibit Moscow from committing to negotiations to resolve a territorial dispute with Tokyo.

"Both Russia and Japan share a strategic interest in concluding a peace treaty," Putin said in response to a question from Kyodo News President Toru Mizutani during an online press conference involving top officials of major press agencies from around the world. "We are ready to continue negotiations," he said.

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