USA named a contender for the Kuril Islands and southern Sakhalin

USA named a contender for the Kuril Islands and southern Sakhalin

The United States and 47 other countries can lay claim to the Kuril Islands and southern Sakhalin in the case of recognition by Japan of Russia’s sovereignty over them. About this senior research fellow, Institute for Far Eastern studies Viktor Kuzmenkov wrote in the material “”, Recalling the provisions of the San Francisco peace Treaty of 1951.


It follows from the provisions of the San Francisco peace Treaty concluded in September of 1945 and ended world war II. On the basis of its content, Japan renounced claims to southern Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands in favor of the Soviet Union, but in General. The document provides as follows: if Japan were to negotiate a peace with any other state and give him something in excess of that required by this agreement, it will be obliged to give the same to all the other signatories.

As the Soviet Union did not sign the San Francisco Treaty, and Russia — the successor state of the USSR, it is this provision will be applied in case of signing a peace Treaty with Japan.

Given that the recognition of the sovereignty over these lands is treated as the granting of privileges over the San Francisco Treaty, all signatory countries (including the USA) will have the right to demand the transfer to himself and the Kuril Islands and southern Sakhalin.

Kuzminkov emphasizes that there is no document or contract under which control of these territories were transferred to the Soviet Union. “Today’s Russia as the successor state of the USSR owns them not de jure, and on historical grounds — because no one else filed their claims,” he says.

Following the end of world war II between Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace Treaty. The main obstacle to his signing was the unresolved territorial dispute over the southern Kuril Islands — Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai.

The Japanese side calls the Southern Kuril Islands the “Northern territories” and over them does not recognize Russian sovereignty. Moscow, in turn, does not recognize the fact of the territorial dispute.

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