Lavrov said it would be good to sign a peace treaty between Russia and Japan – Russian Politics & Diplomacy


VLADIVOSTOK, July 8. / TASS /. It would be a good step to sign a peace treaty between Russia and Japan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

“Our Japanese colleagues always say that they want to move towards signing the peace treaty as quickly as possible, but they only see it as a solution to the so-called territorial problem that still exists between us. But, of course, this It would be good to sign the peace treaty, “he said in a lecture he gave at the Federal University of the Far East.

However, on its own terms, the formal absence of a peace treaty in its classic form does not prevent Russia and Japan from having full-fledged diplomatic relations with regular contact. “We have invited the Japanese colleagues to sign a peace treaty that will look to the future, will ensure our cooperation in the economic and humanitarian fields and in foreign policy, that is to say a treaty aimed at developing the partnership because it is now ridiculous to simply say that we are not in a state of war “, he added.

Russia and Japan have been negotiating a post-WWII peace treaty since the mid-20th century. The main stumbling block to this is the question of ownership of the southern Kuril Islands. After the end of World War II, all the Kuril Islands were incorporated into the Soviet Union. However, Japan disputed the ownership of Iturup, Kunashir, the Shikotan Islands and a number of uninhibited islands on the Little Kuril Ridge called the Habomai Islands in Japan.

In 1956, the Soviet Union and Japan signed a joint declaration on the end of the state of war. The two countries have resumed diplomatic and other relations, but no peace treaty has been signed so far.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly stated that Russia’s sovereignty over these islands, which has pledged to document international documents, cannot be questioned.

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