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Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin told about the conditions for rapprochement with Japan in the disputed issues between the countries. His words leads RIA Novosti.
Galuzin stressed that Russia believes sovereignty over the South Kuril Islands is legitimate and undeniable, while in Japan the other position. “The positions are quite different, and their approach requires the painstaking negotiations and create a positive atmosphere of cooperation, trust and friendship,” — said the diplomat. He added that there is no deadlock in the negotiations on the peace Treaty, stressing that Moscow is committed to deliver.
Earlier, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reported to Parliament on the progress of joint economic activities with Russia in the Kuril Islands. He noted the implementation of the first pilot round of the South Kuril Islands for tourists from Japan and the opportunity to visit the previously forbidden for the former Japanese inhabitants of the place. Abe added that it will continue hard negotiations to “solve territorial issues”.
In 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe agreed on a document about the beginning of consultations on joint economic activities of two countries in the South Kuril Islands. Among the areas of cooperation referred to fisheries, tourism, medicine, ecology. On the four Islands of the southern Kurils is already running a pilot project of joint economic activities. The Japanese government also launched flights to the former inhabitants of the Islands, so they could visit the graves of their ancestors.
At the end of the Second world war between Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace Treaty. The main obstacle to his signing was the unresolved territorial dispute over the southern Kuril Islands — Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai group. The Japanese side calls the Southern Kuril Islands the “Northern territories” and does not recognize Russian sovereignty over them. Also, the Russian side does not recognize the fact of the territorial dispute.
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