Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to offer Russian President Vladimir Putin to speed up negotiations on a territorial issue. This is reported by Mainiti, citing sources.
The parties are expected to discuss the conclusion of a peace treaty on the basis of the 1956 Joint Soviet-Japanese Declaration. According to this document, Moscow allows the transfer of Japan Habomai and Shikotan after the conclusion of a peace treaty. The fate of Kunashir and Iturup is not mentioned.
According to the publication, Abe agrees to follow this document. Previously, the Japanese authorities insisted on a different sequence – to transfer the southern Kuriles and only after that to conclude a peace treaty.
In September 2018, during the Eastern Economic Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe sign a peace treaty before the end of 2018 without preliminary conditions. Japan rejected this proposal and declared that peace would not be concluded until the countries settled the territorial dispute in the Kuriles. In Tokyo, they also questioned the spontaneity of Putin’s proposal and suggested that this was planned in advance.
The peace treaty between Russia and Japan has not been signed for more than 70 years. The condition of his conclusion Tokyo calls the return of the islands Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai. Moscow believes that the Southern Kuriles became part of the USSR following the Second World War, and sovereignty over them is beyond doubt.