Japan expresses desire to resolve Kuril ownership issue peacefully

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi has said that Tokyo intends to conclude a peace treaty with Russia, RIA Novosti reported

Japan expresses desire to resolve Kuril ownership issue peacefully

“Regarding the peace treaty with Russia, our direction is to resolve the issue of ownership of the four islands and conclude a peace treaty without shifting it to future generations. We will work on this based on previous joint agreements, including the agreement reached in Singapore in 2018”, –  Hayashi told a news conference.

The USSR and Japan signed a Joint Declaration in 1956. Under the document, Moscow agreed to consider handing over the islands of Habomai and Shikotan to Japan after the conclusion of a peace treaty. However, Tokyo considered the declaration only part of the solution and did not give up claims to the islands of Kunashir and Iturup.

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