The new Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, outlined the boundaries of the territorial dispute with Russia. TASS reports his words.
According to the prime minister, the subject of negotiations is the southern part of the Kuril Islands. “These are islands that are subject to the sovereignty of our country,” Suga said. He added that during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place in September, the parties confirmed their readiness to continue dialogue on all issues, including the conclusion of a peace treaty.
Earlier, Suga said that he intends to successfully complete negotiations on the fate of the southern part of the Kuril Islands.
As a result of the Second World War, a peace treaty was not concluded between Moscow and Tokyo. The main obstacle to its signing was the unresolved territorial dispute around the southern part of the Kuriles – the islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai group. The Japanese side calls the South Kuril Islands “northern territories” and does not recognize Russian sovereignty over them. Moscow, in turn, does not recognize the very fact of the territorial dispute.