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Moscow drew the attention of Tokyo that the issue of sovereignty over the Kuril Islands is not discussed. This was stated by foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov, reports RIA Novosti.
The Minister pointed out that without recognition of Tokyo Russian sovereignty over the Kuril Islands is difficult to count on progress in the negotiations on the peace Treaty. “This is the territory of Russia, and [we] drew their attention to the fact that the laws of Japan, these Islands are designated as Northern territory, which, of course, is unacceptable,” he said.
According to Lavrov, Moscow and Tokyo reaffirmed their readiness to work on the basis of the 1956 Declaration. It “means above all the immutability of the first step — the recognition by Japan of the outcome of the Second world war in full, including Russia’s sovereignty over all the Islands of the South Kurils,” he said.
The foreign Minister also said that the attention of the Japanese side remarked on the actions of the US development of a missile defense system. Moscow believes that this poses risks to the security of Russia and China.
He added that Moscow “there is a willingness, and patience” to move to the exit to the common understanding in the issue of a peace Treaty. In addition, Lavrov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will report on the implementation of their orders to the nearest summit, which is scheduled for the end of January.
Earlier in January, Abe has vowed to put an end to the negotiations with Russia over the Kuril Islands. Prior to that, he 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.
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