Kegong: Japan did not mention that the transfer of islands to Russia would firmly safeguard national interests

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 Kegong: Japan did not mention that the transfer of islands to Russia would firmly safeguard national interests


Overseas Network, Jan. 21, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, said that Japan had not hinted that Russia should hand over two islands of the South Kuril Islands (Japan called the four northern islands) to Russia when discussing a peace treaty. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will talk to Russian President Putin about a peace treaty. Japanese media reported that Abe would consider signing a peace treaty with Russia after the transfer of the two islands.

According to Tass News Agency, Peskov told reporters Monday (21) that any statement on the subject was not related to the specific issues of the peace talks. He said that no formal proposals had been made so far, so it was almost impossible to reach a final consideration of the issue. Peskov pointed out that the national priorities of the two countries should be taken into account in resolving the peace treaty issue, and stressed that no one plans to abandon Russias national interests. Peskov stressed that it may take some time to resolve the peace treaty with Japan, but Moscow will make every effort to do so as soon as possible, but it is impossible to do so now.

Peskov also pointed out that the negotiations in this regard are still at an early stage and at the expert level, but need the participation of Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He said Putin would be ready to hold talks with Abe on Tuesday; Peskov did not provide the content of the talks.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Figure: Tass)

On Monday, Abe left for Moscow. Before that, Kyodo News Agency reported that he was considering signing a peace treaty with Russia on the condition that Moscow would provide guarantees to hand over to Sedan and Tooth Dance, two of Japans four islands, to sign a peace treaty with Russia. Abe judged that if he continued to fight for the four islands, the negotiations would be deadlocked, and the transfer of Sedan and Tooth Dance Islands, as stipulated in the 1956 Japan-Soviet Joint Declaration, might be far off.

However, Russia has been tough on the issue of the transfer of islands in recent years. In the middle of this month, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that in order to solve the peace treaty between Russia and Japan, Tokyo should recognize the outcome of the Second World War, including Russias sovereignty over the South Kuril Islands (Japan calls the four northern islands). The Russian Foreign Ministry also called on Japans ambassador to protest the remarks made in Tokyo, saying that they grossly distorted the essence of the agreement reached by the Russian and Japanese leaders on speeding up the negotiation process. Meanwhile, Russian parliamentarians introduced a bill on 10 th this month, which stipulates that it is illegal for parliament to authorize the transfer of any territory under Russian control.

A schematic map of the disputed territory between Japan and Russia. (Image: CCTV)

It is reported that Russia and Japan failed to sign a peace treaty after World War II. Based on the bilateral trade boundary treaty signed by Russia and Japan in 1855, Japan demanded the return of the four islands of the South Kuril Islands (Japan called the four northern islands) - Chou Tsao Island, Guohou Island, Sedan Island and Tooth Dance Island, and the return of the four islands as conditions for signing a peace treaty with Russia. Moscows position is that the South Kuril Islands (Japans four northern islands) have been incorporated into the territory of the Soviet Union according to the results of World War II, and Russia has indisputable sovereignty over them.

Last November 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met during the Singapore ASEAN Summit and agreed that the two countries would speed up peace treaty negotiations in accordance with the 1956 Declaration. In introducing the outcome of the meeting, the Japanese Prime Minister said that the two sides agreed to accelerate the negotiation process of the peace treaty on the basis of the 1956 Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration.

The Soviet Union has said that when foreign forces withdraw from Japan, the Soviet Union will return the two islands to you. (Figure: American Federation)

In the 1956 Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration, the Soviet government was ready to return the Tooth Dance Islands and Sedan Islands to Japan after signing the peace treaty. Tokyo would actually control these islands. However, the Soviet Union withdrew its obligation to surrender the islands after Japan and the United States signed the United States-Japan Joint Cooperation Security Treaty in 1960. In a memorandum dated 27 January 1960, the Soviet government said that the islands would only be handed over to Japan if all foreign troops were withdrawn from the country. (Compiler/Overseas Network Hou Xingchuan)

Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Dai Lili_NN4994