Chairman of the Japanese ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Yoshihide Suga, announced his intention to resume dialogue with the Russian side on the issue of the ownership of the four southern islands of the Kuril ridge, NHK TV channel reported.
Earlier it became known that Yoshihide Suga was elected the new head of the ruling party in Japan. The General Secretary of the Japanese government won 377 votes during the voting procedure.
The politician, commenting on the situation with the South Kurils, noted the importance of this issue, which, in his opinion, requires proceedings.
In turn, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the answer to the question about the fate of the Kuril Islands is in the updated Constitution, which prohibits the alienation of federal territories.
Recall that since the Second World War, Moscow and Tokyo have been unable to conclude a peace treaty due to disagreements over the rights to the southern part of the Kuril Islands: the islands of Iturup, Shikotan, Kunashir and Habomai. The Japanese call the South Kurils "northern territories" and do not recognize Russian sovereignty over them.