TOKYO, July 26. /TASS/. The Japanese authorities is conscious of the remarks made by Russian President Vladimir Putin who introduced “distinctive and unprecedented” proposals to get Tokyo concerned within the Kuril Islands’ financial system however needs to chorus from guessing about what they represent, Japan’s Chief Cupboard Secretary Katsunobu Kato instructed an everyday press convention on Monday.
“We wish to chorus from guessing [about their contents] however we now have been engaged in lively talks with the Russian facet in regards to the problem of the joint financial exercise within the northern territories (as Japan refers back to the South Kuril Islands — TASS) and go forward with it with out violating authorized positions of each international locations,” he underlined when requested a related query. Kato additionally added that the Japanese authorities had attentively listened to the remarks by the Russian president.
Earlier on Monday, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin started his working journey to the Russian Far East and Siberia. Putin instructed him to pay particular consideration to the Kuril Islands throughout this journey. The chief recalled that Russia had been lengthy engaged in negotiations with Japanese companions to create “the mandatory circumstances for the members in financial actions.” Putin additionally introduced “distinctive and unprecedented” proposals to get Japan concerned within the financial system of the Kuril Islands. Putin defined that the ultimate initiatives might be formulated following Mishustin’s journey.
After Putin’s go to to Japan in December 2016 and his conferences with then-Japanese Prime Minister Minister Shinzo Abe, a joint assertion was issued noting that an necessary step in direction of signing a peace treaty can be launching consultations on joint financial exercise within the Southern Kuril Islands. Presently, the 2 international locations are holding consultations on joint financial exercise in 5 fields: aquatic tradition, greenhouses, tourism, wind power and waste processing.
Peace treaty talks
For a lot of a long time, Russia and Japan have been in talks to signal a peace treaty after World Struggle II. The principle stumbling block to reaching that is the possession problem over the Southern Kuril Islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japan. After the tip of World Struggle II, the Kuril Islands had been integrated into the Soviet Union. Nonetheless, the possession of Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan Islands and the Habomai Islands has been challenged by Japan. The Russian Overseas Ministry has repeatedly stated that Russia’s sovereignty over these islands, which is dedicated to paper in worldwide paperwork, can’t be known as in query.
In November 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin and then-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a gathering on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Singapore and agreed that the 2 international locations would speed up the tempo of the peace negotiations primarily based on the 1956 Joint Declaration. The declaration ended the state of battle and stated that the Soviet authorities was prepared at hand Shikotan Island and a bunch of small islands known as Habomai over to Japan provided that Tokyo would take management of them as soon as a peace treaty was signed.
The declaration was ratified by the parliaments of each states on December 8, 1956. Because the Russian facet has repeatedly famous, this doc clearly acknowledged that the difficulty of border delimitation may very well be thought-about solely after the conclusion of a peace treaty.