Lavrov: the sovereignty over the Kuril Islands is not discussed, is the territory of Russia

Lavrov: the sovereignty over the Kuril Islands is not discussed, is the territory of Russia

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov held talks with foreign Minister Taro Kono. Moscow and Tokyo remain significant disagreements on the issue of a peace Treaty, the parties agreed to work on the basis of the 1956 Declaration, Lavrov said at a press conference following the talks.

Without recognition by Japan of Russia’s sovereignty over the Kuril Islands is difficult to count on progress in the dialogue on a peace Treaty, said Sergei Lavrov:

This is our basic position, and no step in this direction is very difficult to count on some movement forward on other issues. We attracted the attention of our friends from Japan to ensure that the issues of sovereignty over the Islands was not discussed, it is the territory of the Russian Federation, and drew their attention to the fact that the laws of Japan, these Islands are designated as Northern territory, which, of course, unacceptable for the Russian Federation.Sergei Europeanist foreign Affairs RaseiniuoseMoscow urged Japan to accept Russian sovereignty over the Kuril Islands

Moscow and Tokyo have agreed to develop new projects on joint economic activities on the Kuril Islands, said Mr. Lavrov. The agreement on the establishment of such projects was reached two years ago between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. “The planned five projects have not in the most progressive regions, — said Sergey Lavrov.— Today we caught the attention of our Japanese colleagues and agreed that relevant departments will develop more ambitious projects for the joint economic activity has been the visible embodiment”.

Recall that in late January in Russia is expected to visit Shinzo Abe. At the talks with Vladimir Putin, he is going to discuss a peace Treaty. With its signature proposal Mr Putin made in September 2018 East economic forum.

What’s not to like in the preparation of Japan to the negotiations between Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe — in the publication “Kommersant” “the Kuril Islands are not so transferred”.

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