Baku, May 21, AZERTAC
A spokesperson for the Russian president has said Vladimir Putin will consider visiting Japan if he is officially invited, according to NHK World News.
Earlier on Wednesday, Vice President Masahiko Koumura of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party met Russian Lower House Speaker Sergei Naryshkin in Japan.
Koumura referred to 4 Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. He said Japan will sign a peace treaty after the issue is resolved. He also said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is serious about wanting Putin to visit Japan for that purpose.
The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan's territory. It says the islands were illegally occupied after World War Two.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told local media that Russia welcomes a constructive approach by various political parties for restarting dialogue between the 2 countries, including talks on signing a peace treaty.
He said Russia supports the continuation of dialogue.