Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe discuss Kuril Islands and peace treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Moscow on Saturday for talks that included resolving a dispute over four Pacific islands and eventually signing a peace treaty. 
Abe has been pushing for a way forward in the dispute that centres on the four most southern of the Kuril Islands, which Japan calls the Northern Territories. 
The Soviet Union took the islands in the closing days of second world war. The dispute has kept the two countries from…