Jerry Martinetto: Toshifumi Kitamura / AP
The US does not intend to deploy its troops on the southern Kuril Islands if Russia will give them to Japan. This was stated by the commander of us forces in Japan, Lieutenant General Jerry Martinez, reports TASS.
“At this stage, the US has no plans to place troops there”, — he said at a press conference in Tokyo.
In accordance with the Japan-us security Treaty, the United States can deploy its military bases throughout the country, but cannot do without the consent of Tokyo.
Earlier in January, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to put an end to the negotiations with Russia about the Kuril Islands and said that the signing of a peace Treaty between the parties will be beneficial to Washington.
Prior to this, Abe said that the coming year is 2019 culminating in the negotiation of a peace Treaty between Japan and Russia.
The peace Treaty between Russia and Japan have not signed in for over 70 years. The conclusion of the Tokyo refers to the return of the Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai. Moscow believes that the Southern Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and sovereignty over them is unquestionable.
Video, photo All from Russia.