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Japan wants material compensation from Russia for the Kurils

The head of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taro Kono, said that a peace treaty following the Second World War would be signed only on condition that Russia paid material compensation for the South Kurils. Tokyo justifies this by saying that the "northern territories" were illegally occupied.

The Minister did not specify the amount of compensation. According to RIA News"The tightening of the rhetoric of the Japanese side may be due to the fact that the January summit talks were ambiguously perceived within the countries themselves. The statement of the head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry was made in unison with public opinion in Japan.

In January, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after completing negotiations with his counterpart from Japan, Kono, said that countries significant differences remain about a peace treaty. At the same time, the Japanese side was again reminded that Russian sovereignty over the Kuriles is not being discussed.

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