Russia and Japan have disputes over the sovereignty of Hou Dao, Cho Zao Dao, Sedan and Tooth Dance Islands. Japan calls the four islands the four northern islands and Russia the four Southern thousand islands. Before World War II, these islands belonged to Japan, and after World War II, they were controlled by the Soviet Union and Russia. As a result of the dispute over the sovereignty of the islands, the two sides have not yet concluded a peace treaty.
The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9 next year. The road map for the torch relay, published on the Olympic website, marked the disputed islands as Japanese territory.
Maria Zaharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said: We believe that such actions are illegal. This is obviously not conducive to creating an atmosphere of dialogue, and poisonous atmosphere... This is not conducive to bilateral relations at all, nor to Japan itself.
The significance of the Olympic Games is to celebrate sports and peace, not to intensify hostility, wrote Alexei Pashkov, member of the Russian Federation Committee, the upper house of parliament, in the social media Twitter. Japans move across the red line should abandon this practice.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev boarded Choice Capture Island on the 2nd, triggering protests from the Japanese government. Russian Vice Foreign Minister Igor Morgorov reiterated Russias sovereignty over the South Kuril Islands on June 6.
In July, the Korean government also protested that Japan had labeled the disputed island of Dokdo (Japan called Bamboo Island) as Japanese territory in the Olympic Torch Relay Roadmap. Japan responded that it would not accept the Korean protest. (An Xiaomeng) [Xinhua News Agency microfeature
Source: Xinhua News Agency responsible editor: Lin Zhiheng_NY9285