The Japanese Cabinet plans to sign a peace treaty with Russia and solve the Kuril problem so as not to pass it on to future generations. This was stated by the secretary general of the government, Hirokazu Matsuno, RIA Novosti reports.
He noted that the signing of the Joint Soviet-Japanese Declaration of October 19, 1956 had a positive impact on the restoration of diplomatic relations between the countries. In addition, the document set a starting position for the process of further negotiations on the conclusion of a peace treaty. Matsuno believes that on the anniversary of the signing of the declaration, it is necessary to once again raise the issue of the importance of resolving the dispute over the ownership of the four Kuril Islands.
The politician stressed that the Japanese government plans to continue working on this issue. At the same time, the country’s authorities will take into account the achieved bilateral relations. Among them were the agreements in Singapore, where in 2018 the former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe met with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. The parties then agreed to speed up the negotiation process on a peace treaty based on the 1956 document.
Earlier, the Japanese authorities expressed their protest to Russia in connection with the visit of the Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Russian Federation Dmitry Grigorenko and Marat Khusnullin to the Kuril island of Iturup.