Japan's Abe: 'difficult' path to striking peace treaty with Russia

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, attends a working lunch with Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, (not pictured), at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday the path toward resolving issues that have prevented Japan and Russia from signing a peace treaty formally ending World War Two is difficult, and without trust the goal can not be reached.

Abe made the remarks at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, after two days of summit talks in Japan, where the two countries struck several economic agreements but made little headway on solving the territorial dispute preventing the signing of a peace treaty.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by Robert Birsel