Japan postponed the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Moscow in connection with the visit of Russian Prime Minister in the South Kuril Islands. The Japanese government said earlier that a similar visit to the disputed territory could become a big obstacle in the development of the political dialogue between Japan and Russia.
The Russian Foreign Ministry responded by saying that on such a visit, and did not agree.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday said the Russian ambassador a formal protest.
On Saturday, Dmitry Medvedev arrived on a working visit to the island of Etorofu, which caused resentment of Japan.
After the end of World War II War all the Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union, however, Japan disputes the ownership of islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai group of islands. In Tokyo, the claim that they were engaged in a form which has no legal basis.
“The weight of this visit is very different from traveling to other ministers. And this action hurt the feelings of people in Japan who want to return to these areas,” – commented on the visit of the Russian Prime Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
“We are concerned about recurring situation with the unilateral actions of the Russian side regarding the Northern Territories. We strongly demand [from Russia] constructive position for the further development of Sino-Russian relations, including in connection with the problem of a peace treaty “- leads the Japanese media quoted the minister.
In Moscow, meanwhile, said that Russian officials continue to visit the Kuril Islands, despite Japan’s position on the issue.
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In response to the protest of Japan’s Foreign Ministry has accused Tokyo of trying to challenge the results of the Second World War.
According to the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry issued on Saturday, outrage Tokyo in connection with the visit Medvedev casts doubt on the assurances of the current Japanese government to respect the historical truth.
Medvedev visits the Kuril Islands for the third times. In 2010, while in office, he visited the island of Kunashir, which was the first ever visit of the Russian president to the Kuril Islands.
According to “Interfax” in Moscow were skeptical about the information about the postponement of the visit of Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Isis in Russia.
“Talks in Moscow, the sides have not announced. I can not transfer what has not been agreed” – leads TASS words of the representative offices.
Medvedev and Prime Minister urged all Russian officials frequently visit the Far East.
“We had a good attitude to Japan, but it will not be due to the Kuril Islands, which are part of the Russian Federation are included in the subject Russia called Sakhalin region – said Medvedev. – So we visited, visited and will visit the Kuril Islands “.
During the last trip Medvedev, in particular, has announced the signing of a decree to increase the area of the shelf of Russia in the 50 thousand square kilometers.
The problem of the Kuril Islands
The peace treaty between Russia and Japan after World War II has not yet been signed. The main stumbling block – it is a problem of the South Kuril Islands.
Japan claims to the Kuril Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the Habomai group of small islands, referring to the treaty of Shimonoseki in 1855.
Russia insists that the islands belong to her reference as the main argument of the inadmissibility of the revision of the results of World War II.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April 2013 offered Putin to visit Japan for the conclusion of a peace treaty and to address the Southern Kuriles. Nine months later, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that the invitation has been accepted.
However, in September 2014 Tokyo announced the recall prompt. The reason for this decision, as reported by the then Agency “Kyodo” became the bilateral tensions caused by the Japanese sanctions imposed in connection with the actions of Russia in Ukraine.
According to the newspaper, Washington asked Tokyo to move Putin’s visit in connection with the aggravation of relations between Moscow and the West against the background of the Ukrainian crisis.