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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

President Vladimir Putin suggested Wednesday that Russian Federation and Japan sign a peace treaty this year, ending World War II hostilities "without any preconditions" as a territorial dispute has led to decades of deadlock.

Russian Federation kicked off what it says are its largest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union on Tuesday, as it hosted a bilateral meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.

Incidentally, Japan and Russian Federation failed to go ahead and sign a treaty after the end of the World War II.

Last year, China and Russia held their first joint naval drill in the Baltic Sea and this month China will send 3,200 troops, 900 pieces of weaponry and 30 aircrafts to take part in a Russian military exercise.

Speaking at an economic conference in Russia's Far East Putin on Wednesday Putin suggested that Russian Federation and Japan sign the treaty this year "without preconditions" and "solve all the remaining issues later".

The two also confirmed that Putin will travel to Japan on an official visit next year, Abe said.

Beijing and Moscow have developed a "strategic partnership" reflecting their shared opposition to the "unipolar" world, the term they use to describe perceived US global domination.

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Chinese ambassador to Russia Li Hui said relations between the two neighboring countries were at their "best (level) in history", in an interview with Chinese state media Xinhua Monday.

Putin's offer to settle the Kuril Islands dispute came just two days after he said that the territorial conflict was unlikely to be resolved soon.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. "It is called trolling. Putin does not expect anything", Kunadze told the Echo of Moscow radio station.

He suggested Abe would never accept a deal that would be political suicide.

While Moscow has said the drills will not take place on the contested islands, Abe told Putin that Japan is "keeping a close eye on" them, according to Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami quoted by Kyodo.

On Tuesday, Xi brought a delegation of nearly 1,000 Chinese business people and officials to the Eastern Economic Forum, a Putin-led effort to lure foreign investors.

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