“Forget about the Kuriles”: the Japanese appreciated Putin's words about relations with Tokyo

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 President Vladimir Putin's statement on the development of relations between Moscow and Tokyo.

As the head of state pointed out in an interview with the editors of the Russian media, in this matter Moscow will not do what is contrary to the country's Constitution. At the same time, many Japanese mass media made the conclusion from this statement that Russia 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.

“That's it! After these words of Putin, let's forget about the” northern islands “! Let's forget about the (disputed with South Korea – editor's note) Takeshima islands too! And the (disputed with China. – editor's note) Senkaku islands ! And about the Olympics! ” – intothe responded angrily.

“Putin must defend the Constitution of his country! It 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.

For many years, relations between Moscow and Tokyo have been overshadowed by the absence of a peace treaty, which the countries never signed after World War II. The main obstacle remains the question of the ownership of the Southern Kuriles (the islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and the Habomai ridge) – Japan claims them, referring to the bilateral Treaty on Trade and Frontiers in 1855.

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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