Japan has not yet developed a response to the stationing of Russia in the Kuril Islands, but has said that it will not affect the negotiations with Moscow
The government of Japan has not yet developed any response to the placement of a Russian missile complexes “Bastion” and “Ball” on the Islands Iturup and Kunashir.
On the eve Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan Fumio Kishida promised that after details the country’s government “will respond appropriately“, but on Thursday morning, November 24th, on a press-conferences in Tokyo the Secretary General of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan Acehide Suga said that the deployment of Russian missiles on the Kuril Islands of Iturup and Kunashir will not have any impact on the negotiations between Tokyo and Moscow over a peace Treaty or preparation for the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan.
At the same time, answering a question about possible retaliatory action Japan, Suga said that the government will act on the basis of the information received, writes the Agency Kyodo.
Yoshihide Suga also said that Japan’s government is closely monitoring the presence of Russian armed forces in the southern part of the Kuril Islands. He once again stressed that the parties must resolve the problem of “Northern territories” – the Kuril Islands of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai.
As it became known TASS diplomatic sources, the Japanese government has not officially expressed any dissatisfaction to the Russian side in connection with press reports on the deployment of complexes “Bastion” and “Ball” on the Kuril Islands.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that the deployment of missiles on the Kuril Islands has a rationale, but this should not affect the negotiations with Tokyo, including on the issue of a peace Treaty.
Russia and Japan for several decades with interruptions negotiate the peace Treaty at the end of the Second world war. The main obstacle remains the issue of membership of the southern part of the Kuril Islands. At the end of the war, the Kuril Islands became part of the USSR. Japanese authorities, however, dispute the ownership of Islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and the uninhabited ridge of Habomai, considering the resolution of this issue the main condition of the contract. Moscow has repeatedly stated that the Russian sovereignty over the Islands is unquestionable and will not be reviewed.
However, in recent negotiations on a peace Treaty intensified. It is not excluded that important agreements on this issue will be reached during the visit of President Vladimir Putin to Japan on December 15-16. The Russian leader this year, has already met three times with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in may in Sochi, in September – East economic forum in Vladivostok last week at the APEC summit in Peru. Each time the parties reported some progress in the negotiations and the plans of economic cooperation.
At the same time, both sides emphasize that their position on the Kuril Islands remain unchanged. So, in anticipation of the September meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister in an interview with Bloomberg Putin declared about the intention to find a solution to the Kuril Islands, but once again stressed that “we do not sell territories.” The Japanese press in recent weeks have written several times that Tokyo may step back from the demands and agree to a peace Treaty without the return of the Islands, however, every time the government denied this information.
Following the meeting in Peru Putin, without going into details, said that in the discussion of a peace Treaty failed to achieve progress.
That shore-based missile complexes “Ball” located on the island of Kunashir, and “Bastion” – on the island of Iturup, reported the official newspaper of Pacific fleet “Fighting watch”. The article said that the personnel of the coastal missile complex “Bastion” is preparing for another shooting in the sea of Japan.