The peace Treaty with Japan should not become a “synonym” of solving the territorial issue of the Southern Kuril Islands, said the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov. This step is necessary in order to regulate relations in legal terms, he said.
MOSCOW, 26 Jan. Moscow does not think that the conclusion of a peace Treaty with Japan is equivalent to solving the territorial issue of the Southern Kuril Islands, said the head of Russian foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov.
“Yes, there is an agreement between the Russian President and Prime Minister of Japan that among the issues that need to be addressed, there was the question of a peace Treaty. We do not believe that a peace Treaty is a synonym for the territorial issue. This is a step that is necessary for our relationship to be normal not only in fact but also in legal form,” said Lavrov at a press conference.
The Minister recalled that the Soviet-Japanese Declaration of 1956 is the “only document” signed by the two countries, and it “clearly raises the question of signing the peace Treaty in the first place regardless of how the final version will be and can be reached on the Islands”.
“It says: a peace Treaty, and then may not return, and the transfer by the Soviet Union as a gesture of goodwill, these two southern Islands”, — said the head of 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.