Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the statement of the new Japanese prime minister for the Kuril Islands, noting that such ultimatums only postpone the prospect of resolving this issue, RIA Novosti reports.
“If the Japanese side is trying to condition the further course of negotiations on the issue of a peace treaty with such ultimatum statements, then, in our opinion, our partners further postpone the prospect of its solution,” she said.
Earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that the government plans to negotiate with Russia on a peace treaty based on existing agreements, including those reached in Singapore in 2018.
According to him, Japan’s position is that its sovereignty extends to the islands of the southern Kuril Islands. In this regard, the government sees the solution to the problem in concluding a peace treaty with Moscow.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that Russia does not agree with the conclusion of Fumio Kishida on the extension of Tokyo’s sovereignty to the Kuril Islands, recalling that this territory belongs to the Russian Federation.