Japan seeks US support in the issue of a peace Treaty with Russia
TOKYO, 9 Jan — RIA Novosti. Tokyo is counting on U.S. support in the issue of concluding a peace Treaty with Russia, as this would counterbalance the growing influence of China, said Kazuyuki kawaii — special assistant on foreign policy Chairman of the liberal democratic party, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.
“The Japan-U.S. Alliance should be an effective counter to China”, — quotes Agency Kyodo word kawaii, said during his lecture in Washington.
In this context, assistant, Abe said that Japan counts on U.S. support in the conclusion of a peace Treaty with Russia, as it is important to resist Washington, Tokyo and Beijing.
He also described as “strategic” Abe’s visit to China in October last year, as he contributed to “the alleviation of tensions between Japan and China” and stated that “Japan is not going to join the project of China “one belt and one road”.
The problem of a peace Treaty between Russia and Japan
Relations between Russia and Japan for many years overshadows the absence of a peace Treaty. Japan claims the Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. In 1956 the USSR and Japan signed a Joint Declaration in which Moscow has agreed to consider the possibility of transfer of Japan of the Habomai and Shikotan after the conclusion of a peace Treaty, and the fate of Kunashir and Iturup are not affected.
Later the negotiations failed, the peace Treaty after the Second world war and was not signed. There is a view that serious opposition arose from the United States, which threatened that if Japan would agree to the transfer of only two of the four Islands, it will affect the process of the return of Okinawa under Japanese sovereignty (the Agreement on the return of Okinawa to Japan entered into force in 1972 — ed.). Moscow’s position is that the Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them cannot be questioned.
In November the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abebrese to the agreement for the acceleration of negotiations on a peace Treaty based on Soviet-Japanese Declaration of 1956.