Japan’s position on the peace Treaty with Russia unchanged, the source said

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry Astahovoy Russia and Japan. Archival photoJapan’s position on the peace Treaty with Russia unchanged, the source said© RIA Novosti / Dmitry Astakhov

The position of the Japanese leadership on the issue of concluding a peace Treaty with Russia, has not changed, said RIA Novosti source in the government of Japan.

At the plenary session on Wednesday at the Eastern economic forum in Vladivostok with the participation of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a proposal to conclude a peace Treaty before the end of this year, without preconditions.

«At this stage I have refrained from commenting on President Putin or his intentions concerning the peace Treaty conclusion» — said the Agency interlocutor.

«The basic position of the government of Japan remains what it was always — the question of jurisdiction of the four Northern Islands (Japan called Habomai, Iturup, Kunashir and Shikotan. — Approx. ed.) and the conclusion of a peace Treaty,» the source added.

Relations between Russia and Japan for many years overshadows the absence of a peace Treaty. Japan claims the Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. In 1956 the USSR and Japan signed a Joint Declaration in which Moscow has agreed to consider the possibility of transfer of Japan of the Habomai and Shikotan after the conclusion of a peace Treaty, and the fate of Kunashir and Iturup are not affected. The USSR hoped that the Joint Declaration will put an end to the dispute, Japan believed the document only part of the solution, not abandoning claims to all the Islands. Later the negotiations failed, the peace Treaty after the Second world war and was not signed. Moscow’s position is that the Islands became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them cannot be questioned.

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