Putin’s press secretary rules out automatic transfer of Kuril Islands to Japan

Putin’s press secretary rules out automatic transfer of Kuril Islands to Japan
Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Peskov

Russia and Japan agreed to catalyze discussions on the conclusion of a treaty after the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe in Singapore in mid-November.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that negotiations between Russia and Japan on the basis of the 1956 declaration do not imply automatic transfer of the territories to Japan.

According to Peskov, the compromise on the issue of the Kuril Islands, which will suit both countries, has to be found.

“Over these days, we have faced a large number of different arguments, political speculations about a separate deal on the transfer of islands, and so on. This is not true. And this cannot be so,” he said on the air of the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program on the Rossiya 1 TV channel.

Russia and Japan agreed to catalyze discussions on the conclusion of a treaty after the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe in Singapore in mid-November.

Putin has repeatedly stated that the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over all four disputed islands - Shikotan, Kunashir, Iturup, and Habomai - is not negotiable.

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