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A key condition for signing a peace Treaty between Russia and Japan is the recognition of Tokyo outcome of world war II in full. This is stated in a statement on the Russian MFA website.
In particular, the question of recognition of Russian sovereignty over the Kuril Islands.
Commentary of the MFA was published in conjunction with the upcoming January 12-15 visit of Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan, Taro Kono to Moscow. The first round of negotiations on the conclusion of a peace Treaty will be held on January 14.
January 9, Russia has expressed concern over statements by Tokyo on the issue of a peace Treaty. It was also emphasized that Moscow stands for a clear commitment to respect the outcome of the Second world war, including the membership of Russia the southern Kuril Islands.
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.
According to the Joint Declaration of the USSR and Japan from October 19, 1956, Moscow agreed to transfer to Japan two of four Islands of the South Kuril Islands (Habomai and Shikotan) “provided, however, that the actual transfer of these Islands to Japan will be made after the conclusion of a peace Treaty.”
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