12 Sep 2018 11:44

Russian Foreign Ministry sees no need for new format of work on peace treaty with Japan

VLADIVOSTOK. Sept 12 (Interfax) - The work on the peace treaty with Japan will continue in the previous format, there is no need for new formats, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said.

"No, we have an established dialogue channel. And we will continue it at the level of deputy foreign ministers," he said, responding to a question as to whether there is a need for the creation of new formats on the peace treaty.

Russia is ready to conduct talks on the peace treaty as soon as Japan confirms that it agrees to start dialogue.

"We are ready. It depends on when our Japanese friends will be ready," the diplomat said.

He also said he currently does not know of Tokyo's official response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal to sign a peace treaty without any extra conditions.

"I have not heard of that yet," Morgulov told reporters.

"We have made an offer. If a response has already arrived, I have not seen it yet," Morgulov said.