Japan wants to accelerate the dialogue on a peace Treaty with Russia, media reported

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Archival photoJapan wants to accelerate the dialogue on a peace Treaty with Russia, media reported© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

The Japanese government hopes to negotiate with Russia a new format of high-level consultations to accelerate negotiations on the conclusion of a peace Treaty and the territorial issue around the South Kuril Islands, passed on Wednesday by the news Agency Kyodo, citing government sources.

According to them, such working-level consultations could begin this year with the participation of head of national security Council of Japan, Shotaro Yachi and Vice-foreign Minister Takeo Akiba, do the Japanese and the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, Secretary of the Russian security Council Nikolai Patrushev and Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs Igor Morgulov.

It is expected that this format will be discussed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting on the sidelines starting from November 30 in Argentina summit «the twenty» (G20). Thus, as noted by Kyodo, the Prime Minister hopes for progress at the talks with Putin during his visit to Russia in January 2019.

Still, reminds Agency, between Russia and Japan discussed the format of the talks between Morgulov and Deputy head of the Japanese foreign Minister Takeo Mori.

Relations between the two countries for many years overshadows the absence of a peace Treaty. Japan claims the southern Kurile Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. The position of Moscow consists that southern Kuriles became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them with appropriate international legal design, not subject to doubt.

Japanese newspaper «Asahi» earlier, citing sources in the Prime Minister’s office of Japan reported that Abe at a recent meeting with Putin in Singapore promised if under Joint Soviet-Japanese Declaration of 1956, Japan will be transferred to Habomai and Shikotan, then there will not be us military bases are located.

In the 1956 Declaration embodied the commitment of the parties to conclude a peace Treaty, after which the Soviet Union agreed to transfer to Japan the Habomai and Shikotan. The document was ratified by both parties, but then Japan renounced its implementation, insisting on the return of the four Islands of Kunashiri, Etorofu, Shikotan and Habomai as the condition for concluding a peace Treaty.