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The issue of the Kuril Islands for Russia is not only territorial but also strategic. Thus Japanese readers reacted to the words of the Russian leader that “the Northern territory” for Russians, family and home, writes the new York times.ru.
Putin made his statement on 12 June the event devoted to Day of Russia. He stressed that the Kuril Islands and Crimea is the homeland of the Russian people.
Japanese readers believe that such statements indicate that Russia has “fallen away any desire to return to the island”. “We had to negotiate with [first Russian President Boris] Yeltsin, who put an end to the cold war”,” wrote tonkun.
Other netizens remarked that “the Japanese are there no longer live” and offered to buy the island. Readers said that I would like to have the Islands returned, but Putin’s words mean that this idea should be abandoned.
Previously a journalist and political analyst Yukio Kashiyama urged to deprive Russia of all the four Islands of southern Kuriles. The Japanese statement was criticized. “Japan alone can that to lament within the country and abroad that the “Northern territories” belong to her,” wrote one user of the network.
Following the end of world war II between Moscow and Tokyo have not 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 over them does not recognize Russian sovereignty. Moscow, in turn, recognizes the fact of the territorial dispute.
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