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Chief of Staff of the Security Council of Japan held consultations with N. Patrushev
The head of the staff of the Security Council of Japan, Sotaro Yati, visited Moscow in early May, where he held consultations with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, the agency reported Kyodo With reference to sources in the Japanese government.
As reported today by RIA Novosti, the meeting took place 5 May, and lasted for several hours. It examined the situation in Ukraine, and also touched upon the issue of territorial dispute between the two countries. This is Yati's second visit to Russia in the last two months.
The agency notes that, obviously, the Japanese politician’s task was to convey the position of Tokyo to the Russian side: Japan, on the one hand, should support the decisions of advanced countries as a member of G7, but, on the other hand, does not want to sacrifice relations with the Russian Federation, which there has been a warming. The latter, according to Japan, gives hope for a solution to a territorial dispute.
In 2009, Yachi, who is considered one of the closest associates of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, being an adviser to the government on international issues, made a proposal to divide the territory of the four southern Kuril Islands between the Russian Federation and Japan "equally": Japan would receive Kunashir, Habomai, Shikotan and part of the island Iturup, which would mean dividing the islands in half according to their total area. This proposal then caused a stir in the Japanese government, after which Yachi resigned. Under Abe, Yachi took over as chief of staff in the Japan Security Council, established in November 2013. Tokyo made the return of the islands a condition of concluding a peace treaty with the Russian Federation, which was not signed at the end of World War II. Moscow's position is that the southern Kuriles became part of the USSR as a result of the war and the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over them, which has international legal registration, is beyond doubt.