Tokyo expressed regret in connection with the placement of Russian missile complexes “Bastion” and “Ball” in the Kuril Islands of Iturup and Kunashir. On Friday, November 25, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

“Through diplomatic channels we are told that this is not the position of our country, and unfortunate”, said at the plenary session of the upper house of Parliament the Prime Minister, quoted by TASS.

On the eve of the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the purpose of the deployment of missiles is to strengthen national security. “With regard to the placement of the Southern Kuril Islands operational complex “Bastion”, in Russia on a scheduled basis of activities undertaken in the framework of defence construction,” she said.

As said earlier the press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, the placement of missiles on the Kuril Islands has a rationale, but should not affect the negotiations with Tokyo, including on the issue of a peace Treaty.

On 24 November, during the debate in Parliament, the representative of the Ministry of defense of Japan expressed the view that deployment of anti-ship missiles on the Kuril Islands is intended to provide deployment path of the Pacific fleet and the zone of action of the strategic nuclear submarines in the sea of Okhotsk.

The Secretary-General of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan Acehide Suga said at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday that the government is “carefully watching” for the presence of Russian armed forces in the South Kuril Islands. At the same time, he noted that reports on the deployment of anti-ship missile complexes “Bastion” and “Ball” will not have an impact on the negotiations and the preparation of the upcoming December visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also acknowledged on Friday that one of the summit issues in bilateral relations with Russia cannot be resolved. He stated, speaking about the negotiations on the conclusion of a peace Treaty and the territorial issue, and also about the upcoming December visit to Japan by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “This is a problem that cannot be solved without a trusting relationship between the leaders,” said Abe, adding that he intends to “steadily step by step to promote (the talks) forward, holding direct discussions with Putin.”

Putin and Abe this year have already met three times: in may, they held talks in Sochi, in September in Vladivostok at the Eastern economic forum. November 19, Putin and Abe once again met at the summit of the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation in Peru. Summing up the meeting, Japanese Prime Minister repeated several times that the problem of a peace Treaty between the two countries difficult to resolve. The Russian leader, in turn, said that the discussion of Russia and Japan on the conclusion of a peace Treaty say about the progress in relations between the two countries.

Russia and Japan for the past few decades discussing the possibility of concluding a peace Treaty following the Second world war. The stumbling block remains the issue of the Kuril Islands Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and the uninhabited ridge of Habomai, which is contested by Japan. At the end of the war, the area became part of the USSR. Moscow has repeatedly stated that the Russian sovereignty over the Islands is unquestionable and will not be reviewed.

Recently, the negotiations on the peace Treaty, despite the statements of the parties on the immutability of positions 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 Japanese Prime Minister has expressed a regret in connection with the deployment of Russian missiles on the Kuril Islands 25.11.2016

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