Shinzo Abatto: Issei Kato / Reuters
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the sovereignty over the southern Kuriles belongs to Japan, speaking in the lower house of Parliament. About it reports RIA Novosti news Agency/.
The statement that sovereignty over the “Northern territories” — as the Japanese call southern Kuril Islands belongs to Japan, was a response to the MP’s question whether they are “indigenous Japanese territory”. Himself Abe for this formulation avoided.
January 27, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that an obstacle to the negotiations on the Kuril Islands is that Japan supports sanctions imposed by the West against Russia. He also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to the Japanese side a peace Treaty without conditions, but this offer has not found understanding.
The talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took place in Moscow on January 22. Later, the Kremlin noted the invariance of the positions of the parties. The Japanese Agency reported that Moscow and Tokyo are exploring the possibility to include a paragraph on security assurances. This is due to allied commitments of Japan to the United States.
January 20, sources in the Japanese government announced that Tokyo is ready to consider a peace agreement with Russia assuming the transmission of two of the Kuril Islands — Shikotan and Habomai. The Russian foreign Ministry called the key point recognition of Japan, results of world war II, which departed the Kuril Islands, USSR.
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