MOSCOW, February 16 – RIA Novosti. Japanese media outlets such as Sankei Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, NHK TV and Radio Corporation and Kyodo agency devoted materials to the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the development of relations between Moscow and Tokyo.
At a meeting with editors of Russian media, Putin, in particular, said that in relations with Japan, Russia would not do anything contrary to the Constitution. Many Japanese media concluded from this that Moscow would not agree to the transfer of the South Kuriles.
The publications attracted an active response from Japanese readers and users of social networks.
“Calm down! Under Putin, no islands will return to us! Stop believing the fake smiles of the Russians! If you develop economic ties with them, you need to think about strategy first!” – posted by user yam.
“Everything! After these words of Putin, let's forget about the” northern islands “! Let's forget about the Takeshima Islands (disputed with South Korea . – Ed. Approx.), Too! And the Senkaku Islands (disputed with China . – Ed. Approx.) ! And about the Olympics! ” – intothe responded angrily.
“Putin must defend the Constitution of his country! This is his duty as president! Japan needs to stop economic aid to Russia and its humiliated policy towards Moscow,” said kat.
“Watch the situation carefully. Russia is persistently and consistently pursuing its line, not departing a single step from it. No return of the islands! And the Japanese government and the media are all muttering about the return of the” northern territories “as a condition of signing a peace treaty. Come to your senses! And soberly assess situation! ” – called ult.
“75 years have passed since the war. Russian people have been living on the” northern islands “for a long time. There can be no return to Japan either,” added mas.
Relations between Moscow and Tokyo have been overshadowed for many years by the absence of a peace treaty, which was never concluded after World War II. The main obstacle is the question of the ownership of the Southern Kuriles (the islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and the Habomai ridge). Japan claims them by citing the bilateral 1855 Treaty on Trade and Frontiers. Moscow's position is that the islands became part of the USSR following the war, and Russia's sovereignty over them is beyond question.
In 1956, the Soviet Union and Japan signed a Joint Declaration in which Moscow agreed to consider the transfer of Habomai and Shikotan after a peace treaty. However, subsequent negotiations did not lead to anything.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly stressed that Japan must first of all recognize the results of World War II, including Russian sovereignty over the South Kuriles.
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