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Singapore agreements will form the basis of Russian-Japanese talks

07.02.2021 93 просмотров

The Prime Minister of Japan intends to continue negotiations with the Russian Federation on the basis of agreements in Singapore.

Japan intends to continue negotiating a peace treaty with Russia on the basis of the agreements reached at the highest level in Singapore in 2018. This was stated on Sunday by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, speaking at the "National rally for the return of the northern territories" (as the Russian southern Kuril Islands are called here - TASS note).

" The government I lead firmly relies on the results of the meeting between the leaders of our countries reached in Singapore in 2018, and henceforth we will continue negotiations based on the agreements between the two countries. To advance the negotiations, it is important that every citizen deepen their understanding and interest in this issue, and the government and the public work together,” he said in a video message. The Prime Minister of Japan also called it regrettable that more than 75 years after the end of World War II, a peace treaty was not signed between Japan and Russia.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi noted in his speech that due to the pandemic, various exchanges were suspended last year, including visits to the graves of ancestors by former Japanese residents of the Kuriles. He expressed hope for the speedy resumption of such trips, as well as for the continuation of the discussion regarding the development of specific projects within the framework of Russian-Japanese joint economic activities on the islands. I intend to persevere on the basis of our basic course, which is to strive to sign a peace treaty after solving the territorial problem,” the head of the foreign ministry added. February 7 in memory of the first Russian-Japanese treaty signed on this day in 1855. Such meetings are traditionally attended by government ministers, parliament deputies from the ruling and opposition parties, and former residents of the southern part of the Kuriles. This year, due to the coronavirus, the scale of events has been reduced, it takes place online without spectators.

Moscow and Tokyo have been consulting for many decades to develop a peace treaty following the results of World War II. The main obstacle to this remains the disagreement over the rights to the southern part of the Kuriles. After the end of the war, the entire archipelago was included in the Soviet Union, but Japan disputes the ownership of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and a group of adjacent small uninhabited islands. At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly emphasized that Russian sovereignty over these territories, which has the appropriate international legal form, is beyond doubt.

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