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Japanese Prime Minister reiterates position on Kuril Islands
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his position on the Kuril Islands. He stated that the Land of the Rising Sun still attributes the four disputed islands to its territory. At the same time, the politician believes that progress has been outlined in the negotiations between Moscow and Tokyo on this issue.
As the TASSShinzo Abe said that statements about any departure from the base position in this regard are not true. At the same time, he considers the opening of a charter program in the southern Kuril Islands for former residents of the islands an indicator of progress in relations between the two countries. Another proof of this, he said, are pilot projects for joint economic activities in the disputed territory.
Russia and Japan have not yet signed a peace treaty following the results of World War II. The reason is the dispute over the Kuril Islands. At the plenary meeting of the Fifth Eastern Economic Forum, Shinzo Abe stated that a peace treaty is necessary rather conclude for future generations. He once again recalled that Japan claims the Kuril Islands, referring to the bilateral Treaty on Trade and Borders of the 1855 of the year.