SOCHI, October 21. / TASS /. The end of Russian-Japanese relations and the conclusion of a peace treaty in the interests of the peoples of the two countries, the Russian Federation will strive for this, despite the change in political figures in Japan. This was announced by the Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking on Thursday at a meeting of the Valdai International Club.
“Yes, indeed, the internal political life in Japan is structured in such a way that the change on the political stage occurs quite quickly.
He recalled that on October 7 he had a telephone conversation with the new Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida. According to the Russian leader, there will be continuity in the Japanese position on relations with Russia. “He is a very experienced person, he is in the material of our relationship, as you know. [Синдзо] Abe, “Putin said of his Japanese counterpart.
“Even under Abe, we built a number of our joint actions, joint work to bring Russian-Japanese relations to a new level,” he concluded.
In November 2018, at a meeting in Singapore, Russian President Vladimir Putin and then Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe agreed to intensify negotiations on a peace treaty based on the Soviet-Japanese joint declaration of October 19, 1956. She ended the state of war between countries, restored diplomatic and consular relations between them. In the declaration, the USSR expressed its readiness to transfer to Japan the island of Shikotan and a number of adjacent small uninhabited islands of the Lesser Kuril Ridge on the condition that their actual transfer to Tokyo’s control will be made after the conclusion of a peace treaty.
The declaration was ratified by the parliaments of the two states on December 8, 1956. As the Russian side has repeatedly stated, this document clearly states that the issue of border delimitation is possible only after the conclusion of a peace treaty.