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Japanese prime minister: there will be no peace treaty with the Russian Federation without a decision on the Kuril Islands
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that there would be no peace treaty with Russia without resolving the territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands. Tokyo's position remains unchanged.
As the TASS, Kishida said this in his first keynote speech at the plenary session of the lower house of parliament. He also stressed that he would strive for "the development of the entire complex of Japanese-Russian relations, including the signing of a peace treaty." The prime minister also promised to strengthen the defense capability of his country, including missile defense systems.
The day before, the new Japanese prime minister held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the conversation, the parties confirmed that they would negotiate a peace treaty based on the existing agreements, including those reached in 2018 following Putin's meeting with Shinzo Abe. At the same time, Kishida spoke in favor of building a relationship of trust with the President of the Russian Federation, expressed a desire to hold personal meetings with him.
At the plenary session of the Fifth Eastern Economic Forum, Shinzo Abe said that a peace treaty was necessary rather conclude for the sake of future generations. In February 2019, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that a peace treaty would be signed only on condition 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.