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Russia has proposed that the stalemated issue of legal jurisdiction over joint economic activities with Japan on disputed islands be shelved, sources close to the two countries’ relations said Saturday.

While the proposal is Moscow’s compromise in talks on promotion of joint activities as a confidence-building effort toward resolving the territorial spat, Tokyo still faces the task of bringing the two countries’ leaders together to discuss the return of the islands seized by the Soviet Union after Japan’s surrender in World War II.

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