Japan is ready to conclude a peace treaty with Russia only after Moscow returns the Kuril Islands.
A corresponding statement was made by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, while delivering a program speech at the opening of the parliamentary session.
According to him, resolving the territorial dispute can "open a new era in bilateral relations".
“Relations with Russia are in an abnormal state. A peace agreement has not been concluded between the two countries for over 70 years. On the basis of the relationship of trust between me and President Putin we will resolve the territorial problem and we will establish a peace treaty.”
The Premier noted that the former inhabitants of the Kuril Islands were flying there by airplanes to visit the graves of their ancestors, and some progress was made in the issue of carrying out joint economic activities there.
It should be noted that on September 1, 1945 Soviet troops occupied the Kuril Islands, including the southern islands - Iturup, Kunashir and Lesser Kuril Islands.
After the end of the Second World War, a peace treaty was not concluded between the USSR and Japan because of the Kuril issue.
On September 12, at the Eastern Economic Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Japan to sign an agreement without any conditions, but the Japanese authorities refused because of the dispute over the belonging of the Kuril Islands.
In early 2018, the opposition Russian politician, Garry Kasparov, called for a referendum on the Kuril Islands on their accession to Japan.
In 2015, Moscow announced its intention to build military bases on the Kuril Islands, Wrangel Island, Cape Schmidt, on the eastern coast of Chukotka.
Source: Liga News