Russia does not agree with the conclusion of the new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the extension of Tokyo’s sovereignty to the Kuril Islands. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, RIA Novosti reports.
Kishida made a controversial statement during a parliamentary debate last week. Peskov recalled that the Kuril Islands belong to Russia. Also, a Kremlin spokesman announced Moscow’s readiness for a dialogue with Japan to resolve sensitive issues.
Earlier, the Federation Council noted that Fumio Kishida’s statement could complicate subsequent negotiations with the Russian authorities. Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov recalled that the new version of the Constitution of the Russian Federation excludes the alienation of territories to other countries.
The dispute over the territorial belonging of the Kuril Islands has not subsided between Moscow and Tokyo since the Second World War. Japan disputes their belonging to the Russian Federation, referring to the bilateral Treaty on Trade and Frontiers of 1855. In Russia, it is believed that the islands of the Kuril ridge became part of the USSR after the war and sovereignty over them is beyond question.