Discussion of a peace Treaty at the meeting of the Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Igor Morgulov and his Japanese colleague, Shinsuke Sugiyama focused on the historical aspects of this issue, also stated in the message of the Russian foreign Ministry.
MOSCOW, 8 Oct. Russia and Japan have agreed to continue contacts on the issue of concluding a peace Treaty, said in a statement the Russian foreign Ministry circulated on Thursday.
In Moscow on 8 October was held another round of talks between Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Igor Morgulov and his Japanese counterpart Shinsuke Sugiyama on the conclusion of a peace Treaty between the two countries.
“The discussion was focused on the historical aspects of the problem. Negotiations are conducted in accordance with the instructions of the leaders of Russia and Japan, and will be continued”, — said the Russian foreign Ministry.
Japan claims the southern Kuril Islands: Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. Return to the Islands Tokyo made it a condition of signing a peace Treaty with Russia, which was never signed after the Second world war. Russia insists that the South Kuril Islands became part of the USSR at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them with appropriate international legal clearance, cannot be questioned.