First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Vladimir Dzhabarov noted that the statement of the new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida could complicate his subsequent negotiations with the Russian authorities, TASS reports.
The senator believes that “it is not very cool that the Japanese prime minister made such a statement.”
The Russian politician recalled that the new version of the Constitution of the Russian Federation excludes the alienation of territories to other countries.
Earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that the sovereignty of Japan extends to the islands of the southern Kuril Islands. The statement was made on October 12 during a debate in the lower house of the country’s parliament. According to the Japanese politician, the current authorities of the country “must resolve this issue so as not to leave it to the next generations.”
Recall that Moscow and Tokyo did not sign a peace treaty after World War II. Japan claims the return of the four Kuril Islands, citing the bilateral 1855 Treaty on Trade and Frontiers. The Russian Federation believes that the South Kurils became part of the USSR as a result of the war and the country’s sovereignty over them is beyond question.