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Communist leader in Japan calls for Russia to demand all the Kuril Islands
Tokyo in negotiations with Moscow should demand from Russia the entire Kuril archipelago, said the head of the opposition Communist Party of Japan, Kazuo Shii. According to him, the islands are originally Japanese territory.
In an interview with the Emiuri newspaper, the politician said he considered the San Francisco Peace Treaty concluded after World War II to be unfair. It was for him that Japan refused claims to the Kuril Islands. As reported RIA News, according to Kazuo Shii, Japan will be able to get the South Kuril Islands, if they claim rights to the northern part of the archipelago.
State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin responded harshly to the call to declare the Kuril Islands as Japanese territory and noted that such statements undermine the trust of countries to each other.
“We perceive them as a threat to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Russia. These calls are harmful to relations between Russia and Japan, ”said Volodin.
At the plenary meeting of the Fifth Eastern Economic Forum, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that a peace treaty is necessary rather conclude for future generations. In February, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that a peace treaty would be signed only if Russian payments of material compensation. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov replied that Russia does not intend to agree to a peace treaty on the terms of Japan or in exchange for investment.