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President Vladimir Putin said Friday it is “nonsense” that Russia and Japan have not concluded a peace treaty following World War II while criticizing Tokyo for repeatedly changing its position in relevant talks.

Speaking at an economic forum in Vladivostok in Far East Russia, Putin also expressed his concern that U.S. forces may install a missile system on Japanese soil near its border with Russia if a peace accord is signed, urging Japan to “ensure a peaceful future” where such a development would not be allowed.

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