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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Putin admits a compromise with Japan in the dispute over the Kuril Islands


Russia and Japan will be able to find a compromise in a territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands, in which none of the parties will not feel themselves as losers. Such a statement President Vladimir Putin made before the meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at the Eastern economic forum in Vladivostok.


photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

The problem of a peace Treaty with Japan is the key, however, Russia will not for the sake of “trading territories”. This was stated by Vladimir Putin, answering a question of journalist from Bloomberg about whether Moscow is ready to make a deal to give one of the Kuril Islands in exchange for closer economic cooperation with Tokyo.

The head of state expressed hope that Russia and Japan will be able to find a solution that will satisfy both sides. “We are not talking about some kind of exchange, some of the sales. We are talking about finding a solution where none of the parties will not feel enough, none of the parties will not feel or losers and no losers,” said Putin (quote from the website of the Kremlin).

The Russian President noted that if the negotiations with Japan will be able to achieve the same level of trust that China, then you might be able to find some compromise.”

The day before the Japanese media reported that the authorities of the country of the Rising sun are ready to ensure the stay of the Russians on the southern Kuril Islands in the event of a transfer of Tokyo. Supposedly a proposal by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had intended to make Vladimir Putin during their meeting. Later, however, the Secretary-General of the Japanese government, Yoshihide Suge has denied this information.

Japan claims the Islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai. Their return to Tokyo made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which after the Second world war and was not signed. Moscow’s position that Russian sovereignty over the southern Kuril Islands, having the appropriate international legal formalization, can not be questioned.

Read the story: the Island instinct: will Russia to make territorial concessions to Japan

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