Peskov called the absence of a peace Treaty between Russia and Japan is a problem for both countries

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in photobacteria Sands. Archival photoPeskov called the absence of a peace Treaty between Russia and Japan is a problem for both countries© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything the image Bank

The absence of a peace Treaty between Russia and Japan is a problem for both countries, and the parties intend to seek a solution to this problem, said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

«That’s an inappropriate question. The absence of a peace Treaty between Russia and Japan is a problem for both Moscow and Tokyo, and both parties intend to seek a solution to this problem,» said Sands, answering the question, whether there is a territorial dispute for Moscow’s open or it’s closed and not discussed.

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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