"I and President Putin share the view that it is an abnormal situation that Japan and Russian Federation have not concluded a peace treaty although more than 70 years have passed since the end of the war", Abe said.
Although the two leaders admitted that it would be hard to settle the peace treaty issue in the near future, Abe said, "I will continue to make utmost efforts with President Putin to bring an end to the issue".
The Japanese government intends to conduct negotiations with Russian Federation to sign a peace treaty after resolving the territorial issue, this stance has remained unchanged, TASS reported citing a source in the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
He added that it was necessary to resolve the problem of abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korea and that he had received Putin's support on this. We are accumulating experience, we are moving toward what we, with President Putin aspire-toward a peace treaty.
A Japanese government spokesman said the country's stance had not changed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jingping displayed their cooking skills on the sidelines of an worldwide economic forum. "Putin does not expect anything", Kunadze told Echo of Moscow radio station.
The quest for the return of the islands is an emotive issue in Japan, and Kunadze suggested that Abe would never accept a deal that would be political suicide.
A treaty without preconditions would leave Russian Federation in control of the disputed islands, which Russian Federation calls the Southern Kuriles and Japan calls the Northern Territories.
Abe said that Putin and he have outlined a roadmap for joint projects on the disputed islands.
Xi and Putin, among others, watched a video of the days when the Chinese boys and girls lived in the care center 10 years ago.