The Japanese government will continue close negotiations with the Russian side aimed at resolving the territorial issue and concluding a peace treaty. This was announced at a regular press conference on Tuesday by Secretary General of the Cabinet of Japan Yoshihide Suga.
“The government of Japan will continue tight negotiations with Russia on the basis of our basic position – the solution of the territorial problem and the subsequent conclusion of a peace treaty,” he stressed.
Suga also praised the results achieved by the two sides in recent years. “For the third year in a row, trade between countries has been growing, pilot projects have begun on four northern islands. Concrete results are emerging,” he noted.
For many years Moscow and Tokyo have continued consultations with a view to working out a peace treaty following the results of World War II. The main obstacle to this is disagreement over the rights to the southern part of the Kuril Islands. After the war ended, the entire archipelago was included in the Soviet Union, however, Japan disputes the belonging of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and a group of adjacent small uninhabited islands. Tokyo often expresses protests over Russia’s activities in the southern part of the Kuril Islands, which Moscow has consistently rejected. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly emphasized that Russian sovereignty over them, having the appropriate international legal design, is not in doubt.
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