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Japan Avoids NATO Invitation Ahead of Sochi Visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited Japan to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during cooking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japan News website reported Monday.

Merkel done the remarks in Tokyo in March 2015, adding that she could remonstrate British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande to agree with her proposal, the Japan News reported.

Shinzo Abe responded by saying that Tokyo might cruise this ask in the future, adding that if Japan joins NATO now, the negotiations with Moscow over the disputed “northern territories,” —known as the Kuril Islands in Russia — would be over.

Shinzo Abe is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 6 in the Black Sea review of Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Kremlin press bureau reported on its central website.

The disputed territories are expected to dominate the agenda of the arriving meeting, that comes only dual weeks before the G7 limit in Japan.

According to Japan News, “if Abe visits Russia before the G7 Ise-Shima Summit to make swell in negotiations over the northern territories, Japan can explain that his revisit will not means irregularity among the G7 nations.” The news website combined that if the talks are “substantive,” Putin might revisit Japan before the end of the year.

A decade after the end of World War II, Japan and the Soviet Union sealed the 1956 Joint Declaration, in which the Soviets concluded to transfer the disputed territories to Japan after a peace covenant was sealed between the two countries. However, some-more than 70 years after the end of World War II, there stays no central assent covenant between the two countries.

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/567712.html