Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will visit Russia on December 3 and hold a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, reports the Japanese Agency Kyodo. On Saturday the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the APEC summit in Lima.
During the visit, the foreign Minister of Japan in Russia will be discussed the questions of preparation of visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Japan.
The fact of work of the meeting of the foreign Ministers confirmed the source RIA “Novosti” the Russian foreign Ministry.
Putin’s visit to Japan must pass on 15-16 December. In anticipation, Japan has intensified its attempts to establish cooperation with Russia in various areas of economic and humanitarian activities. It is considered part of the “new approach” Shinzo Abe to the problem of concluding a peace Treaty, as well as the facilities of the South Kuril Islands.
The Kuriles and peace Treaty
On the background of the frequent contacts between leaders and diplomats of the two countries, the Japanese press has repeatedly published predictions on the possible development of the situation. In particular, the Agency Kyodo reported that the government is allegedly considering the possibility of signing a peace Treaty with Russia during Putin’s visit without compulsory transfer of the disputed “Northern territories” – four southern Kuril Islands that the Soviet Union after the defeat of Japan in world war II.
In the Japanese foreign Ministry immediately denied this information, noting that the position of the official Tokyo has not changed: the authorities are pursuing a solution to the question of affiliation of all the four Northern Islands and concluding on this basis a peace Treaty.
The return of the Kuril Islands Habomai, Shikotan, Kunashir and Iturup Tokyo previously postulated as a prerequisite for the conclusion of a peace Treaty with Russia, which after the Second world war and was not signed. Moscow’s position is also unchanged is that the southern Kuril Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war.